Facts of Alexander Chuka Iwobi
Date of Birth: 3 May 1996
Age: 22 years old
Place of birth: Lagos, Nigeria
Birth Nation: Nigeria
Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position: Winger, Forward
Alex Iwobi is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Arsenal and the Nigeria national team. He was born on the 3rd of May year 1996.
Alex Iwobi was named the CAF young player of the year for the year 2016, he was also named in the CAF team of the year for the year 2016.
He is the nephew of former professional footballer Jay-Jay Okocha
Alex Iwobi Club Career
Alex Iwobi joined London outfit, Arsenal while still at primary school, and signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal in October 2015.
On the 27th of October 2015, Alex Iwobi made his first-team debut for Arsenal, starting in a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup, and went on to make his Premier League debut four days later in a 3–0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
Iwobi 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.
In the following season Iwobi featured 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 further success with Arsenal in the 2017 Community Shield, in which Arsenal beat Chelsea on penalties.
Alex Iwobi Nigeria career
Though he had every opportunity to play for England, Alex Iwobi went on to play for Nigeria. He made his senior debut for the Super Eagles on 8 October 2015, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé, Belgium.
He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics, though he would not be a part of the 18-man final squad.
On 7 October 2017, Iwobi scored for Nigeria in a 1–0 win over Zambia to secure the Super Eagles a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
He was named in Nigeria’s 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and played in the opening game loss against Croatia.
Alex Iwobi Salary, Net Worth, House 2018
According to the recent forbes list for 2018, Alex Iwobi is a popular Arsenal Footballer And Nigerian Footballer who has a net worth of $5 Million USD (2018).
He also has a good pay as his Salary is £30,000 per week (2018-2019).
Alex Iwobi Controversies
Iwobi has not really had much scandals and controversies, though in January 2018 a video allegedly showing Iwobi at a late-night party the day before a match was released.
He came under fire after a video of him emerged at a supposedly drug-fuelled party the day before the London side’s shock FA Cup exit.
The clip shows the 21-year-old Nigerian international, who is on a reported £30,000-a-week at the Emirates, dancing and screaming at 2.37am on Saturday at a flat in Soho.
And the next day he started in the pivotal number 10 role for the Gunners as they flopped to a 4-2 third round defeat to Championship team Nottingham Forest.
Fans called for his head, saying he doesn’t deserve to be at the North London club.
Although there was no suggestion Iwobi was taking drugs, tenants in neighbouring flats reported laughing gas canisters and a strong smell of cannabis coming from the party apartment.
The Snapchat video showed the footballer in the centre of the shot with the caption, ‘Shouldn’t Iwobi be sleeping?’.
Iwobi’s social media habits have been a bugbear for many Arsenal fans, with many slating him for spending too much time on his phone posting pictures and videos of himself at Nando’s, his luxurious lifestyle and previously with his ex Clarisse Juliette before they split last year.
Alex Iwobi Honours
- FA Cup: 2016–17
- FA Community Shield: 2015, 2017
- Victory Shield: 2011
- CAF Young Player of the Year: 2016
- CAF Team of the Year: 2016