Nigeria forward Alex Iwobi has expressed his gratitude to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger for the significant role the Frenchman played in shaping his career at the club. Wenger recently announced that he will be stepping down from his role at the end of the season after more than two decades with the Gunners. Iwobi, who emerged from the club’s academy to the first team, is among the youngsters mentored by Wenger.
In a heartfelt message on Twitter, Iwobi conveyed his appreciation to Wenger: “For Everything You’ve Done For Arsenal Football Club, For Trusting Me As A Teenager, For Giving Me The Opportunity To Express Myself And Grow Both As A Footballer And As A Person, I Will Forever Be Grateful To You Boss. Thank You So Much! ❤”
Iwobi, who joined Arsenal while still in primary school, made his first involvement with the first team as an unused substitute in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion in September 2013. His first-team debut came in a 3-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup in October 2015. Subsequently, he made his Premier League debut in a 3-0 win against Swansea City as a stoppage-time substitute for Mesut Özil.
Wenger’s departure marks the end of an era at Arsenal, where he won three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups during his 22-year tenure. As Arsenal competes in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals, Wenger has the opportunity to potentially secure his first European trophy in his final season at the club.