Everton recorded their third consecutive victory in the English Premier League on Saturday, after they defeated Arsenal 2 – 1 to secure the last Champions League spot on the table.
Rob Holding’s own goal and Yerry Mina’s strike just before half-time, after Nicolas Pepe levelled from a spot-kick in the 35th minute ensured that Carlo Ancelotti’s men picked up the desired three points.
However, Everton midfielder Alex Iwobi has expressed his appreciation to Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta for helping his development at the North London club.
Iwobi, who played a crucial role in the Toffees victory over his former club said he remains grateful to his former coaches at the Arsenal, and the coach himself.
The 24-year-old left the Emirates Stadium for Everton in August 2019 and has been a influential in the Merseyside’s high-flying form in the league this season.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today, so I’m forever grateful for the opportunity they gave me,” the Nigeria international told Sky Sports.
“I can look to everyone, Arsene Wenger, Unai Emery. Even current manager Mikel Arteta, when I was playing under-21s at the time, he was coming back from an injury and would be playing for us.
“There’s been a lot of people that have been able to help me.
“When I was breaking through, Arteta was still there and he was always helping – not just me, but any youngster – he made life easier when I was pushing through.”
Saturday’s home win fired Carlo Ancelotti’s side to fourth on the Premier League table while Arsenal remain 15th on the table with 14 points from 14 matches.