Everton of England midfielder, Alex Iwobi has declared that he is already feeling at home with the team he joined this summer, but admits he felt a little uneasy when it dawned on him that he would be leaving Arsenal.
After getting to feature for 90 minutes in Sunday’s 3-1 loss away to AFC Bournemouth, Iwobi said he has quickly adjusted to life at his new base, as he says he is not seeing any big difference between Merseyside, where Everton are based, and his former stepping stones in London.
While affirming that he is seeking improvements at his new base, especially in terms of scoring goals, Iwobi added that one of the reasons why he left Arsenal was because he had become too comfortable at the London club.
He eventually left Emirates Stadium on summer transfer deadline day, moving to Merseyside in a deal that could eventually total £40m and, though the 23-year-old admitted he felt a little uneasy leaving the only club he had ever played for, Iwobi said he also loves to face new challenges.
Having come through The Gunners’ youth academy as a six-year-old, up to his professional debut in 2015, after captaining their under-21 team for a while, Iwobi admits it was familiarity to the core for him at Arsenal, but he wanted fresh challenge away from north London.
That challenge is what he is now facing, yet making the best of it, as he already has two goals in the kitty for The Toffees and believes he can get his best season yet in the EPL, as he is enjoying life at Goodison Park, despite needing to make some necessary adjustments in Liverpool City.
Iwobi told Soccer Saturday: “It’s so far, so good, I feel like I’ve got a new home and I’m really comfortable here. I haven’t noticed much of a difference [between Liverpool and London] but the thing I struggle with is the accent here.
“When Duncan [Ferguson] was speaking to me at first, I had to listen and engage and I wasn’t sure what he had said so I just agreed. It’s adapting to that but apart from that, it’s almost the same as being in London.
“So far, I’ve been treated really well. It’s a family club and everyone treats you like family. Even though it’s different to Arsenal, I’m enjoying it.
“I thought that this was a big opportunity and I shouldn’t turn it down. I’ve got no regrets about the decision. It wasn’t really hard and I got convinced.
“I got a few phone calls [about the deal] and spoke to my agent. It took about a day of talking to the manager and talking to (Everton director of football) Marcel Brands.
” I was very comfortable and I was on holiday so I didn’t think about any move. I got the call and thought about if this would be a better chance for me to improve myself as a player.”