45. Alex Iwobi


Hale End product Alex enjoyed a hugely successful 2014/15 campaign and impressed so much that he started the new season on the fringes of the first-team squad.



Predominantly a winger but also capable of playing up front if required, Alex was one of the star performers for Arsenal at U21 level last season and he took that form onto the senior stage in pre-season as he impressed during the Barclays Asia Trophy and scored against Lyon in the Emirates Cup.

Alex, who is the nephew of former Bolton Wanderers player Jay-Jay Okocha, was also named on the bench for the Community Shield success against Chelsea. It was his third call-up for a competitive match after he was previously named in the squad for a Capital One Cup fixture away to West Bromwich Albion and a Champions League tie against Galatasaray.

His progress at youth level with Arsenal last season was remarkable. He started the campaign as a back-up player for the U21s but was captaining the side by the end of the season. Alex scored ten goals in 17 appearances for the U21s, including a hat-trick against Stoke City at Emirates Stadium when he was deployed as a centre-forward.

He also featured for the young Gunners in the UEFA Youth League as Arsenal’s most senior player in that team, captaining the side as they reached the knockout stages of the competition.

Previously capped by England up to U18 level, Alex has since switched his international allegiance to Nigeria.

It was initially planned that he would go out on loan this season, but his development has been so impressive that Arsene Wenger has elected to keep him at the club for the time being.

Name Alex Iwobi

Nationality Nigerian

Born 3.5.96

U21 apps 30 (10 goals)

U19 apps 14 (2 goals)

U18 apps 48 (11 goals)

Signed scholarship Summer 2012

Signed professional Summer 2014


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