BIRTH NAME : Alexander Chuka Iwobi
STAGE NAME : Alex Iwobi
NET WORTH : Estimated at $5 million
SALARY : $2 million
DATE OF BIRTH/AGE : Born 3 May 1996
PLACE OF BIRTH: Lagos, Nigeria
STATE OF ORIGIN :
OCCUPATION : Nigerian professional footballer and Arsenal FC player
NATIONALITY : Nigerian
INSTAGRAM : (@alexanderiwobi)
Born Alexander Chuka Iwobi but popularly known by his filed name Alex Iwobi, is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays for ‘Premier League’ club ‘Arsenal.’ I know must of you have been trying to know more about the famous footballer who plays for his country national team Nigeria and ‘Premier League’ club ‘Arsenal. Learn everything about the young footballer who is currently enjoying the best moments of his career.
Early Life And Childhood
Alex Iwobi whose full names are Alexander Chuka Iwobi was birthed on May 3, 1996, in Lagos, Nigeria. His family is connected to football in one way or the other, His father, Chuba Iwobi, played amateur football and was a lawyer by profession. Iwobi has a sister called Marie who he is so found of and Nigerian former professional footballer Jay Jay Okocha is his uncle who mentored him.
Iwobi and his family relocated to Turkey when he was two years old. They moved down to England to be with Jay Jay Okocha who was residing in England back in those days. he was bred into adult in an east London estate near Bolton Wanders from where he had his basic education. When he got there, he became friends with a man named Tyrell Robinson, with whom he started playing football in the neighbourhood of his home. As time went on, they both became professional footballers due to the passion they have for soccer.
He started playing for Arsenal while, while Tyrell on the other hand started playing for Bradford City. They kept in touch even as they continued playing in different clubs and that was how they pursued their career respectively.
Alex Iwobi officially started playing for Arsenal at the age of eight, when he was still in primary school. Initially he had problem with time management because he was new to the field and lifestyle, he found it difficult juggling his studies with his football career. He officially made his debut in League Cup appearance at the age of 17 and it came as was a substitute against West Bromwich Albion.
He started his career at Arsenal with a short term contract but signed a long term contract with the club when he was 19 years old. He initally played for English junior team at the under 16, under 17 and under 18 level in international football and contributed greatly to their 2011 Victory Shield.
Career And Success
On October 27 2015, he made his debut as a starter in the League Cup for Arsenal in a match against Sheffield Wednesday in the Round which ended with a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup. It was proceeded by his Premier League debut in a win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium .
He made his Champions League debut as an 85th-minute substitute in a 5–1 defeat against Bayern Munich. Iwobi started in the first team for the 2015–16 FA Cup 3rd and 4th round home wins against Sunderland and Burnley respectively.
After appearing in his first Champions League start in a 3–1 away defeat to Barcelona, he was able to score two goals in his first two Premier League starts in wins against Everton, and Watford, respectively. Thereafter, he changed his squad number from 45 to 17 as a result of Alexis Sánchez taking up the newly vacated number 7 from the departing Tomáš Rosický.
He also appeared throughout Arsenal’s victorious FA Cup campaign of 2016–17. As so he earned a winners medal as being part of the squad that beat Chelsea by 2 goals to 1 in the final of such. He achieved massive success with Arsenal in the 2017 Community Shield, in which Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties.
He gradually became a regular player of the Arsenal squad in the 2016 – 2017 FA Cup where they won Chelsea in the finals by two goals to one. He again was part of the team that won the Community Shield. He started playing for Nigerian Super Eagles senior football squad in a friendly match against DR Congo in 2015. He was also among the Nigerian 35 member squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics but had to pull out before the final squad was announced due to injury.
He is respected by many for his ability and capability of playing in any position when required. He is one of the most loved Arsenal player today . He has a large following of fans in his home country as well as around the globe who doesn’t joke with his name and they appreciate his skill with the ball
Awards & Achievements
- Alex Iwobi was awarded the Young Player of the Year by the Confederation of African Football in 2016.
- He was part of the Arsenal team that won the 2016 – 2017 FA Cup and the 2015 and 2017 FA Community Shield.
- He was also listed as a member of the Confederation of African Football Team of the Year in 2016.
- In 2011 he was a member of the English youth team that lifted the Victory Shield