Alex Iwobi
Alex Iwobi

Alex Iwobi

It was a season to remember for skillful forward Alex, as he cemented his place in Arsene Wenger’s first-team squad during a superb breakthrough campaign.

After shining at the Emirates Cup with a well-taken goal against Lyon, he won his first international cap for Nigeria, against DR Congo, before making his first-team debut in the League Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

Alex Iwobi Profile

Born May 03, 1996
Lagos, Nigeria
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 17
Previous Club(s)

Within the next eight days, Alex had made his Premier League debut at Swansea, Champions League debut at Bayern Munich and featured in the north London derby.

A former youth international with England up to under-18 level, his Arsenal performances were rewarded with a new long-term contract towards the end of 2015, and in March he made his first Champions League start - against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Alex then scored in each of his first two Premier League starts, against Everton and Watford, before he assisted two goals in Arsenal’s 3-3 draw at West Ham United.

Naturally a winger, the Hale End graduate – who is the nephew of former Nigeria star Jay-Jay Okocha – joined Arsenal aged seven, and was converted into a striker at under-21 level. He scored four times for Arsenal's youth teams before being promoted to the first-team squad last term, and has an Emirates Stadium hat-trick to his name, for the under-21s in 2014/15.

Blessed with an abundance of trickery and pace, with excellent vision and passing range, Alex is now a regular for Nigeria and was handed Alexis Sanchez's old No. 17 shirt at the start of the season.

Alex Iwobi's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2015-2016 8 + 5 2 1 + 1 0 4 + 1 0 1 0 0 0 14 + 7 2
Total 8 + 5 2 1 + 1 0 4 + 1 0 1 0 0 0 14 + 7 2

My Year

  • 2015/16

March

Alex played four times in March, and scored his first goal against Everton. The 19-year-old also claimed an assist during the 4-0 win against Watford and started against Barcelona. Speaking after his man-of-the-match display at Goodison Park, the forward said: "I’m enjoying the moment. I’m just happy to help my team and that is a positive so we will take that into the next game.”

April

Alex played in all six of Arsenal’s games in April and scored in the 4-0 win against Watford. The midfielder also claimed two assists in the 3-3 draw with West Ham. Speaking to Arsenal Player, the Nigeria international said: “It has been an amazing experience, I’m learning from them each day. To play with them and become a regular with them is amazing. I’m enjoying the experience I’m having.”

May

Alex played once in May - in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City.