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Alex Iwobi was born in Lagos before moving to England

Alex Iwobi was born in Lagos before moving to England at the age of four after a short stay in Turkey and growing up in Newham, London. His mother is the sister of former professional footballer Jay-Jay Okocha.

He is the best buddy of former Arsenal teammate Tyrell Robinson.

Iwobi joined Arsenal in elementary school in 2004 and was almost released from the club at the age of 14 and at the age of 16.

In a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 25 September 2013, he was first involved as a substitute in a game of the first team. In October 2015, he signed a long-term contract with Arsenal.

On October 27, 2015, Iwobi made his debut in the first team of the club and began with a 0-3 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the second round of the League Cup. He made his Premier League debut four days later in a 3-0 win against Swansea City at Liberty Stadium, as an injury time replacement for Mesut Özil. Iwobi made his Champions League debut as a substitute in the 85th minute in a 5-1 defeat against Bayern Munich. Iwobi started in the first team for the FA Cup 2015/16 3rd and 4th round home wins against Sunderland and Burnley.

After a first Champions League start in a 3-1 away defeat to Barcelona Iwobi scored two goals in his first two Premier League starts at victories against Everton and Watford.

The following season Iwobi changed his squad number from 45 to 17. This was due to the fact that the Chilean striker Alexis Sánchez took over the newly released number 7 from outgoing Tomáš Rosický.

Iwobi went on to mark during the victorious FA Cup campaign of Arsenal 2016-17. As part of the squad, who defeated Chelsea in the final with 2 to 1 goals, he won a medal. He scored with Arsenal further success in Community Shield 2017, in which Arsenal defeated Chelsea on penalties.

After Arsenal coach Arsène Wenger announced in May 2018 that he was about to leave the club, Iwobi described him as an "inspiration" and said it was sad but exciting.

In August 2018, he signed a new long-term contract with the club, which is reported to apply until 2023.

In July 2019, after the 2019 African Nations Cup, he said he was looking forward to returning to club football with Arsenal.


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