Paul Merson has told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (broadcast on 14/9; 12:43pm) that he could see Alex Iwobi coming back to haunt Arsenal following his move to Everton in the summer.
BBC Sport reported last month that the Toffees had agreed a deal with the Gunners that could cost up to £34 million for the Nigeria international.
He left having made 100 Premier League appearances for Arsenal. But he never quite managed to secure a guaranteed spot in the team before his switch to Merseyside.
The 23-year-old has made a strong start to life with Marco Silva’s men. He scored on his first start against Lincoln City in the Carabao Cup, and then marked his full league debut for the club with a goal in the win against Wolves before the international break.
And Merson suggested that it was a move that the youngster needed, before adding that he would not be surprised to see the Gunners rue the sale at some stage in the future.
“I think it was a great move for him,” he told Soccer Saturday. “I thought it was a half-decent signing for Everton. When I watched him at Arsenal, he was always the one who came off. He could be playing the best out of the front three at the time, it was always him coming off.
“Good luck to the lad. He always comes across as a nice lad, and I just think he’s got his confidence now. I think he could kick on and he could come back and haunt Arsenal.”
Can Iwobi surprise Arsenal?
While Iwobi was often overshadowed by some of his teammates at Arsenal, he did leave with a decent record for the club. He provided six league goals and 11 assists during his last two campaigns.
Everton appear to have been the ones to have taken the risk, spending £34 million on Iwobi. But Merson clearly feels that the attacker has the attributes to more than vindicate the Toffees’ decision to bring him to Goodison Park.