Why I snubbed Celtic in 2012 – Alex Iwobi
Arsenal forward Alex Iwobi has revealed he could have joined Scottish side, Celtic as a teenager in 2012.
The Nigerian international 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.”
“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, 22, 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.