On May 3, 1996, Alex Iwobi was born in Lagos State, which is located in Nigeria’s southwest geopolitical region. When he was four years old, he moved to England with his family. He was raised in Newham, London. Alex Iwobi’s maternal uncle is Jay-Jay Okocha, a former well-known professional footballer.
Iwobi joined Arsenal in 2004 while still in primary school. He made his first appearance for the first team on September 25, 2013, in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion as an unused replacement. He signed a long-term contract with Arsenal in October 2015.
On October 27, 2015, Iwobi made his first appearance for the team, starting in the 3-0 League Cup Round of 16 loss to Sheffield Wednesday. He made his Premier League debut four days later at the Liberty Stadium by taking Mesut Ozil’s place in stoppage time in a 3-0 victory over Swansea City.
Iwobi made his Champions League debut as a substitute in a 5-1 loss to Bayern Munich. Iwobi started in the 2015–16 FA Cup home wins over Sunderland and Burnley, which came in the third and fourth rounds, respectively. After making his Champions League debut in a 3-1 away loss to Barcelona, he scored twice in his first two Premier League starts against Everton and Watford.
Iwobi persisted in contributing to Arsenal’s 2016–17 FA Cup triumph, which included a 2-1 triumph over Chelsea in the final. He consistently had more success with Arsenal in the 2017 Community Shield, which saw Arsenal defeat Chelsea on penalties.
On August 8, 2019, Iwobi and Everton reached an agreement on a five-year contract. 15 days after joining, Iwobi made his debut by taking the place of Gylfi Sigurdsson for the final 30 minutes of Aston Villa’s 2-0 loss. He scored his first Everton goal in a 4-2 victory over Lincoln City on August 28 in the second round of the EFL Cup. He scored his first league goal on September 1st, in a 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Iwobi initially represented England in youth international competitions, taking home the Victory Shield that year. Iwobi signed with Nigeria in 2015 after receiving 11 junior England caps. He made his Super Eagles senior debut in the 57th minute of a 2-0 friendly loss to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Visé, Belgium, replacing Ahmed Musa.
In 2016, he was selected by Nigeria for their 35-person preliminary Olympic team. He didn’t make the final 18-man roster.
In August 2017 Iwobi withdrew from the Nigerian World Cup qualifying squad owing to an injury. Nigeria’s Super Eagles were guaranteed a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia thanks to Iwobi’s goal in Nigeria’s 1-0 victory over Zambia in October 2017. He participated in all three of the Super Eagles’ games as they were ousted from the group stage and was a member of Nigeria’s 23-man roster for the tournament.
Iwobi was chosen to play for the Nigerian side in the 2022 rescheduled edition of the Africa Cup of Nations. He received a red card five minutes into Nigeria’s knockout stage encounter against Tunisia, which Nigeria lost 1-0.
- FA Cup: 2016–17
- FA Community Shield: 2015, 2017
- EFL Cup runner-up: 2017–18
- UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2018–19
- 2011: Victory Shield
- 2019: Africa Cup of Nations: third place
- 2016: CAF Youth Player of the Year
- 2016: CAF Team of the Year
According to different sources online, Alex Iwobi has an estimated net worth of $8.5 million. He accumulated his wealth from his football career.