The former Nigerian skipper revealed that his nephew was not keen on switching the Gunners for the Toffees nearly two years ago, but the comment has not gone down well with several Evertonians
Austin Jay-Jay Okocha’s revelation that Arsenal almost bullied Alex Iwobi into signing for Everton in the summer of 2019 has left a section of the Toffees fans venting at the Super Eagles playmaker.
As reported by Soccernet.ng earlier via Goal, Okocha lifted the lid on Iwobi’s move from Arsenal to the Goodison Park faithful.
The legendary Nigerian midfield maestro said Arsenal called Iwobi unexpectedly and compelled him to sign for Everton, hinting that was the reason Iwobi failed to sparkle in his first season at Goodison Park.
A string of unconvincing performances trailed the heels of Iwobi after inking a £34 million deal with the Merseyside club.
A lot was expected of the Nigerian star, but, aside from a few excellent displays, he has never really been able to live up to his inflated price tag.
The 24-year-old has only managed two goals and another two assists in 50 games in total in the Premier League for the Toffees over the last two consecutive terms.
This stat has ensured that Iwobi is not a fan favourite at Everton, and Okocha’s recent comments have only enraged the club’s supporters more, with a few letting their displeasure felt on Twitter.
Jay Jay ya knob, He’s lucky to even be at Everton, he’s prob got 1 or 2 transfer windows left until he’s replaced by a better player.
— USM Sheikh Domingo (@sheikh_domingo) March 19, 2021
Only want players who want to be here, move him on if he can't get over it whopper
— SeanR (@S34nR) March 20, 2021
Not as struggling as us fabs who have to watch him trying to play football week in week out hopefully we get rid soon as
— ste shirley (@ste_shirley) March 19, 2021
You wana try watching him, Jay-Jay
— jd (@jd3110) March 19, 2021
Lucky to even be at Everton he’s average
— Bill (@Billyhughes27) March 19, 2021
Iwobi was a late substitute on Saturday as Manchester City knocked Everton out of the FA Cup.