Alex Iwobi is one of the most important players at Arsenal at the moment, but the Nigerian international has revealed that he almost nearly shunned the Gunners for Scottish club Celtic.
Iwobi Joined Arsenal while still in primary school, and is currently experiencing an amazing run of form under Unai Emery. However, Iwobi’s future with the club wasn’t always this bright.
During his early years at the Emirates, the Nigerian international was fighting for his place at the club, and at one point he was told that he could leave if he wanted.
Speaking to the Sun, Iwoba said that “My situation was weird.”
“There was three of us at the time and we were basically told ‘stay if you want, or if not you are free to go.’
“It was up to me and at that moment I went to the Crystal Palace training ground to see them.
“I had offers from Celtic and Southampton as well.
“Celtic was the main one but I wasn’t ready to go to Scotland. I thought it was best to stay at Arsenal but I have to say it felt weird.
“I was playing for England but I felt maybe I wasn’t rated.
“My England team-mates and everyone else was getting in my ear saying that Arsenal don’t love me because they weren’t offering me a deal.
“It was hard especially because at school as well everyone was talking about it.”