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The Nigerian midfielder was in action at Goodison Park when Carlo Ancelotti’s side compounded the Gunners’ troubles in the Premier League.
Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi has expressed his appreciation to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for helping his development at the north London club.
Iwobi helped the Toffees beat Arteta’s team 2-1 in Saturday’s outing at Goodison Park, which extended the visitors’ winless streak to seven league games.
Rob Holding converted a cross from the 24-year-old into the back of his own net in the 22nd minute and Yerry Mina regained Everton’s lead just before half-time, after Nicolas Pepe equalized from a penalty shot in the 35th minute.
Despite the Gunners’ losing streak of results in the Premier League this season, Iwobi, who left Emirates Stadium for Everton in August 2019, remains grateful to his former coaches at the club and to Arteta, who played a role. influential in his career.
“I would not be where I am today, so I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity they gave me,” said the Nigeria international. Sky sports.
“I can look at everyone, Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery. Even the current coach Mikel Arteta, when he was playing under-21 at the time, was coming back from injury and would play for us.
“There have been many people who have been able to help me.
“When I was making my way, Arteta was still there and he was always helping, not only me, but any young man, he made my life easier when I was moving forward.
Saturday’s home win brought Carlo Ancelotti’s side to second place in the Premier League table, while his former club Arsenal remain 15th in the table with 14 points from 14 games.
This season Iwobi has played different roles for Everton, as a midfielder and winger, however, he highlighted his fighting spirit as a key attribute in their resurgence as they pursue a place in Europe.
“Obviously we had the quality on the ball and the defensive qualities, but I feel that, in particular, the fighting spirit in the team is what has stood out for us,” he added.
“We feel that this could be a special season for us. Starting from the back end of last season, we are using it as motivation and we are hungry to fix it for this season.”
“I feel like we have a lot of threat, not only from the main forwards, but now we have a lot of quality in the midfield.
“Looking ahead, we are a great threat.”