Alex Iwobi’s biography, fact, career, awards, net worth and life story

Intro Footballer
Is Athlete
Football player
Association football player
From Nigeria
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 3 May 1996, Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Age 24 years
Star sign Taurus
Height: 180 cm
Weight: 75 kg

Alexander “Alex” Iwobi (born 3 May 1996) is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a winger and a striker for Premier League club Arsenal and the Nigeria national team.


Early and personal life

Iwobi was born in Lagos before moving to England at the age of four. He is the nephew of ex-professional footballer Jay-Jay Okocha.


Club career

Iwobi joined Arsenal while still at primary school, and was first involved in a first-team match as an unused substitute in a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 25 September 2013. He signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal in October 2015.

On 27 October 2015, Iwobi made his first-team debut for the club, starting in a 3–0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Round of 16 of the League Cup. He made his Premier League debut four days later in a 3–0 win against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, as a stoppage time substitute for Mesut Özil. Iwobi made his Champions League debut as an 85th-minute substitute in a 5–1 defeat against Bayern Munich. Iwobi started in the first team for the 2015–16 FA Cup 3rd and 4th round home wins against Sunderland and Burnley respectively.

After getting a first Champions League start in a 3–1 away defeat to Barcelona, Iwobi went on to score two goals in his first two Premier League starts in wins against Everton, and Watford, respectively.

Iwobi changed squad number from 45 to 17, upon hearing that Alexis Sánchez will take up the newly vacated number 7 from the departing Tomáš Rosický.


International career

After playing youth football for England, Iwobi elected to play for Nigeria and made his senior debut on 8 October 2015, replacing Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute of a 2–0 friendly defeat to DR Congo in Visé, Belgium.

He was selected by Nigeria for their 35-man provisional squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Career statistics


As of match played 14 January 2017
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Arsenal 2015–16 Premier League 13 2 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 21 2
2016–17 Premier League 17 2 1 0 2 0 6 1 26 3
Career total 30 4 6 0 3 0 8 1 0 0 47 5


As of match played 12 November 2016
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Nigeria 2015 2 0
2016 6 1
Total 8 1


  • CAF Young Player of the Year: 2016
  • CAF Team of the Year: 2016
  • AfricaNews (2017-01-07). “[LIVE] Algerian Riyad Mahrez is 2016 African Player of the Year”. Africanews. Retrieved 2017-01-07. 
  • “CAF – CAF Awards – Previous Editions – 2016”. CAFOnline. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 

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