Iwobi was born on May 3, 1996 in Lagos State, which is part of the South West Geopolitical Zone of Nigeria. He emigrated with his family to England when he was four years old. He grew up in Newham, London. The popular former professional footballer, Jay-Jay Okochais the maternal uncle of Alex Iwobi.
In 2004, while still in elementary school, Iwobi signed with Arsenal. On 25 September 2013, he made his first-team debut as an unused substitute in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion. In October 2015, he agreed to a long-term deal with Arsenal.
Iwobi made his first-team debut for the team on 27 October 2015, starting in the League Cup Round of 16 loss to Sheffield Wednesday by a score of 3-0. Four days later, in a 3-0 win over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, he made his Premier League debut replacing Mesut Ozil in downtime.
In a 5-1 loss to Bayern MunichIwobi made his Champions League debut as a substitute. Iwobi started in home wins over Sunderland and Burnley in the third and fourth rounds, respectively, of the 2015-16 FA Cup. He scored twice in his first two Premier League wins over Everton and Watford, having made his Champions League debut in a 3-1 away loss to Barcelona.
Iwobi went on to play a role in Arsenal’s 2016-17 FA Cup victory, which included a 2-1 win over Chelsea in the league game. In the 2017 Community Shieldwhich saw Arsenal defeat Chelsea on penalties, he has always had more success with Arsenal.
Iwobi and Everton agreed a five-year deal on August 8, 2019. Iwobi made his debut in a 2-0 loss at Aston Villa a fortnight after signing as a substitute for Gylfi Sigurdsson for the final 30 minutes. In a 4–2 win over Lincoln City on 28 August in the EFL Cup second round, he scored his first Everton goal. On September 1, in a 3-2 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, he scored his first league goal.
Iwobi first competed for England in youth international matches, winning the Victory Shield in 2011. Iwobi earned 11 England youth caps before deciding to sign with Nigeria in 2015. In the 57th minute of a 2-0 friendly loss against the Democratic Republic of Congo. in Visé, Belgium, he made his senior Super Eagles debut, taking Ahmad Musais the square.
He was chosen by Nigeria for their provisional 35-man Olympic squad in 2016. He was not a member of the final 18-man squad.
Iwobi withdrew from Nigeria’s World Cup qualifying squad in August 2017 due to injury. Iwobi’s goal in Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Zambia in October 2017 earned the Super Eagles a place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. He was included in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the tournament and played in all three games for the Super Eagles as they were knocked out of the group round.
Iwobi has been selected for the Nigeria squad to compete in the postponed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in 2022. In the knockout game against Tunisia, which Nigeria lost 1-0, he received a red card five minutes after coming on as a substitute.
- FA Cup: 2016-17
- FA Community Shield: 2015, 2017
- EFL Cup runner-up: 2017–18
- UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2018–19
- 2019: Africa Cup of Nations: third place
- 2016: CAF Young Player of the Year
- 2016: CAF Team of the Year
According to different online sources, Alex Iwobi has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million. He accumulated his wealth from his football career.
Social media handles
Alex Iwobi is one of the Nigerian footballers with the highest number of social media followers. He has verified accounts on Instagram and Twitter with over 1.2 million followers and 884,400 followers respectively. You can follow him through the following social media handles.
- Instagram: @alexanderiwobi
- Twitter: @alexiwobi