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Byline: ADAM JONES Sports Reporter adam.jones@trinitymirror.com @adam_jones94

LIFE at Everton couldn't have started much better for Alex Iwobi.

After changing the flow of the game from the bench against Aston Villa and finding himself so unlucky not to get on the score-sheet, the Nigerian international was handed his maiden start by Marco Silva just a few days later against Lincoln City.

This was the first chance for him to really stand out in royal blue.

And the forward didn't disappoint.

The 23-year-old played a crucial role as Everton came back to Merseyside with a 4-2 win, bagging his first goal for the club with a fine header in the second half.

By the end of the week, Iwobi had already doubled his Blues tally by bagging against Wolves - and that already had one particular Arsenal legend regretting his club's decision to sell.

"I would say they [Arsenal] made a mistake, 100 per cent," Nwankwo Kanu told Goal.

"Why they let him go, I don't know. He's a boy who, in and out, is Arsenal. He always wanted to do his best for the club. He loves the club, but not only that he can play football.

"What he brings week in, week out, the fans need to appreciate that."

However, as revealed by another Arsenal legend not so long ago, at least some of the fans of the Gunners didn't appreciate Iwobi.

Ian Wright back in February of this year launched a strong defence of Iwobi after his goalscoring display in a 2-1 win over Huddersfield for Arsenal.

And it was clear the legendary striker had a problem with the forward's treatment.

Wright told Match of the Day: "What I like about [Alex] Iwobi, somebody that takes a lot of stick from the Arsenal fan base, is he continually tries to get forward and tries to play his game, which is taking players on and getting into the box.

"We are still talking about a very young player who has got a lot of ability and a lot of promise about him, and he is somebody who will get better."

Everton are already scoring against Wolves Picture: EMMA SIMPSON desire to get forward whenever in possession was instantly apparent during the Lincoln win, and carried on into what was a hectic game against Wolves.

Fifty touches, two chances created, an 81% pass accuracy and three recoveries in Everton's Carabao Cup victory are the sign of an attacker desperate to impress.

Those recovery stats even improved against Wolves to eight - with the forward also making four successful tackles.

In just under half an hour of action against Aston Villa, and despite a loss for the Blues, Iwobi caught the eye with three successful dribbles and a pass accuracy of 89%.

This is someone proving he is adept at both ends of the pitch when used in the right manner - and that's exactly what Silva is achieving at the minute.

And, far from giving him "stick", as the Arsenal fans might have been, Everton supporters are already well behind the 23-year-old which includes an inventive new chant.

The legends saw through the "stick" to see a player desperate to impress, week-in week-out, and with bags of ability.

If Iwobi continues on this upward trend, it won't be long until all Gunners supporters are regretting the decision to let the forward go.

Arsenal's loss could be Everton's real gain.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 11, 2019
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