Alex Iwobi has posted a classy farewell message to Arsenal fans following his deadline-day move to Everton.
The Nigeria winger joined the Toffees in a £40million deal on Thursday, which ended his 17-year affiliation with his boyhood club.
Since making his debut in 2015, Iwobi made 149 appearances for Arsenal and in a social media post to supporters, he said: “I grew up dreaming of playing for Arsenal, following in the footsteps of some of my heroes.
“I’m proud to say that at 23 I’ve achieved one of my dreams. From playing for Arsenal Kids to 149 senior appearances. It was an honour to play for the club I supported as a boy. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
“[There are] so many people to thank, far too many individual names to mention but I thank you all. So many great moments, from scoring my first goal at the Emirates to scoring my last goal in Baku.
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“You’ve all played a big part in my fantastic 17 years. Special thanks to the fans, my team-mates, the support staff, my coaches Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery who put faith in me and gave me the opportunity to grow as a player and a man.
“BIG love to a special club. Arsenal will be forever in my heart. #Gunners #BIG17.”
Everton boss Marco Silva is looking forward to working with Iwobi.
He said: “Since we lost [Ademola] Lookman in that position we looked for one winger, and it was in the last moment of the window.
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“The position we are looking for him [Iwobi] is clear – coming from the left, he can play behind the striker really well also. If you need to play him on the right he can do also.
“He’s a strong player with good skills also. One thing I will be demanding from him will be scoring more goals, because it’s important in that position.
“But he will help us. He’s a strong player as you know, a fast play and he can put good intensity in a match which I like from my attacking players.
“He will give different solutions to me.”
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