‘They ridiculed him’ - Ian Wright questions Arsenal’s decision to offload former star

Arsenal have been questioned over their decision to allow one particular wide man to leave three years ago.
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Ian Wright has questioned Arsenal’s decision to allow Alex Iwobi to leave the club.

Iwobi made more than 100 appearances for Arsenal across all competitions after coming through the club’s academy.

He was then allowed to join Everton in 2019 on a deal worth an initial £28million, a decision the Gunners may live to regret.

Iwobi has since impressed for Everton, and this season, he is showing some really nice form despite Everton’s struggles.

On the back of his latest performances, Arsenal legend Wright has questioned the club’s decision to allow Iwobi to leave.

“I’m so pleased with the way it’s going for him. I remember Arsenal fans, it’s the same thing they did with Oxlade-Chamberlain, they ridiculed him,” said Wright on the Wrighty’s House Podcast.

“I remember watching him play in midfield early days for Arsenal at West Ham, and you’re seeing something.

“His ball progression and work rate, what Frank has now recognised him and put him there, listen to the Everton fans when he’s doing his work, they are adoring him now. I’m loving the way it’s working out for Iwobi.

“I’m just talking about somebody who’s making a massive difference to what Everton need – the work rate, his ball progression, his passing, everything.

“He’s the pass before the assist, people don’t realise it. Everton fans are now starting to realise that if they get the right players in and around him, he’s going to be a force for them.

Iwobi has impressed for Everton Iwobi has impressed for Everton
Iwobi has impressed for Everton

“You look at his work rate, it’s unbelievable. It’s the kind of intensity that Mikel wants now and needs now, we need that, we need somebody who can press like that.”

Iwobi has been one of the bright sparks for Everton over recent months amid a difficult spell for the club under Rafa Benitez and Frank Lampard.

The winger will have chance to show Arsenal what they are missing this weekend, going up against his former club at the Emirates Stadium.