Iwobi: Why I Snubbed Celtic In 2012

Iwobi: Why I Snubbed Celtic In 2012

Arsenal star Alex Iwobi has revealed he could have joined Scottish side, Celtic as a teenager in 2012 reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

The 22-year-old forward told Arsenal’s matchday programme he declined offers from the Scottish side to prove himself at the club.


“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,” Iwobi told Arsenal’s matchday programme.

“It was up to me and at that moment I went to the Crystal Palace training ground to see them.”

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“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.”

Iwobi has become a regular for Unai Emery’s Gunners this season has made nine starts and four substitute appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal so far this season, scoring one goal and providing two assists in the process, according to WhoScored.


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  • Please please please,,, PLEEEEEZz
    Go back there or to any club but leeeve Arsenal,, Iwobi,, Iwoful

    • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

      Just look at how you have come to the public to make a fool of yourself. Now who is a bigger fool, the young boy playing in one of the biggest clubs in the world, making hundreds of thousands of pounds in wages per month and putting smiles on the faces of 200 million Nigerians even at a tender age or an unknown entity like you who still struggles to buy data and is off no value to d nation…???

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      This goat doesn’t know Nigerian football by your name I know you’re a Ghanaian from Akan gently go back to Ghanaweb.com where you all spread bitter pills about your neighbor and stop fooling your country people here. Craze full this world without them knowing SMH!

  • “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:” Alex Iwobi

    But he stayed.

    The future looked bleaked but he stayed.

    Colleagues were talking behind his back but he stayed.

    Stayed to fight for his place. Stayed in belief of his abilities. Stayed because he knew that with hard work, dedication, focus and concentration, his due season will come – and come it has.

    Let that be a lesson for all young players out there that with hard work, tireless dedication and faith, their due season will come.

    Well done Iwobi. You are far from the finished article however you are climbing the ladder of success on the right wall – keep at it.

    • Victor 3 years ago

      This is the kind of encouraging response needed. A lot of people have forgotten that this player is a youngster proofing his mettle and serving our nation as well. For that he deserves some accolades. Unai emery keeps fielding him rightly believing in his qualities. Football is not about all round perfection but about moments of magic that can change the game and swing the tide in your favor. Iwobi inspite of any odd possess  the quality in the final third that has swung tides infavor of arsenal thereby maintaining their unbeaten streak. This is what the coach is seeing because it is not easy to find such quality in modern games.

  • Asoko Emmanuel 3 years ago

    Again and again we have clamoured on this platform over and over that we should learn to criticise and not condemn or insult our sport men and women.They are human and can be susceptible to mistakes.There is no reason whatsoever Akan for you to refer to Iwobi as Iwoful.That is not criticism,that is condemnation and it is highly condemnable.deo lean your voice.

    • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

      He is a Ghanaian that is how they go about fooling and insulting people because of their self inflicted hardship. Go to their website you’ll see how they blast even a genuine man who’s news comes up and blame him for their lives even with a full knowledge that the man does not connect with them in anyway!

  • Chima E Samuels 3 years ago

    Iwobi is player who knows his ball technique and skills will keep him at Arsenal that is why he didn’t move players with same true skills and believe should hold on to good clubs and the ones with average or poor skills should move to their level and be realistic!