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)
Arsenal Debut October 27, 2015

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
2016-2017 18 + 5 3 5 + 2 1 2 + 1 0 2 0 0 0 27 + 8 4
Total 26 + 10 5 6 + 3 1 6 + 2 0 3 0 0 0 41 + 15 6

My Year

  • 2016/17
  • 2015/16

August

Alex played once in August, and claimed an assist in the opening-day defeat against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium. The midfielder teed up Theo Walcott’s opening goal in the 4-3 defeat, but later picked up an injury in the clash and missed the following games against Leicester City and Watford.

September

Alex started four times in September, playing from the start in our wins over Basel, Chelsea and Hull. He also started in our 1-1 draw with PSG. He was also used as a second-half substitute during our 2-1 win over Southampton at Emirates Stadium. Speaking after the 4-1 win over Hull City, Alex said: “I honestly thought I’d scored, but he [Alexis] kept on saying ‘I got a touch, I got a touch!’ Please, let it be my goal! At the end of the day, we won, so that’s all that matters.”

October

Alex started in five of our six games during October. The only match in which he did not start was the 6-0 win over Ludogorets, in which he appeared as a 73rd-minute substitute.

November

Alex started in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham in the north London derby, as well as in the 2-2 draw with PSG and the 2-0 loss to Southampton in the EFL Cup. He came on as a substitute in the 3-2 win over Ludogorets, but was an unused substitute against Manchester United and Bournemouth.

December

Alex featured in all of our games in December, scoring twice - against FC Basel and Stoke City. He started in the 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, the 4-1 win against FC Basel and in the 2-1 loss to Manchester City, and was a substitute in the games against West Ham United, Everton and Stoke City.

January

Alex played in all seven of our matches in January, scoring in the 2-1 loss to Watford.

March

Alex started in our loss to Liverpool and came on as a 78th-minute substitute in our 3-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.

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.