Former Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi has claimed that Carlo Ancelotti’s Toffees side are just as good as the Gunners sides he was in, in an interview with Everton’s official website.
The Nigerian spent 15 years at Arsenal, four of which was with the first team. He played 149 games for us and scored 15 goals and provided 27 assists in all competitions.
Unai Emery sold Iwobi to Everton for £40 million (Goal) in 2019 and the winger has had his problems there. He has just three goals and four assists in 46 appearances for the Toffees, but his recent performances have been very impressive.
Everton are on a high after nine wins and two draws in their first 16 games. They are just four points off the top of the table and many feel that they are among the favourites to finish in one of the European places.
Iwobi is extremely confident his side can achieve their ambitions this term. He has even gone on to say that Everton are just as good as the Arsenal sides he was in, which might just be a slight stretch.
Iwobi: Everton are as good as the Arsenal teams I was in
He said: “I think we are good enough to compete in Europe. This Everton side is as good as the Arsenal teams I was in, 100 per cent. We have talented, international players, in the team and on the bench.”
“The chemistry in the dressing room is great. Seamus grabbed us together and said we could do better. We always discuss our potential and what we should be achieving. We know we can give a lot more in games, we see the quality in training every day.”
The Arsenal sides Iwobi was in were not bad teams at all. The Nigerian won a FA Cup, two Community Shields and made it into the final of the Europa League as well.
Everton are a great side now but we aren’t even at the halfway stage of the season. A lot can change from now till the end of the campaign and Iwobi might just have to eat his words if things fall apart for his side in the next few months.