Despite enduring a miserable night with Arsenal in the Europa League final against Chelsea, Alex Iwobi has inked himself in the history books.

Iwobi scored Arsenal’s only goal in their 4-1 loss to Chelsea in the Europa League final on Wednesday with a sweet volley in the 69th minute.

With that goal, Iwobi made history as the first Nigerian player to score in the final of a European club competition. (Champions LeagueUEFA Cup, Europa League and UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup).

With his appearance in the final in Baku, Iwobi also became just the seventh Nigerian player to feature in the final of a European club competition.

 

John Obi Mikel played with Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final John Obi Mikel played with Chelsea in the 2012 Champions League final

Stephen Keshi of blessed memory was the first Nigerian player to play in the final of a European club competition-for Anderlecht in the 1990 European Cup Winners’ Cup.

Stephen Keshi (top left) played in the E 1990 European Cup Winners' Cup final with Anderlecht in 1990 (Getty Images)

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Stephen Keshi (top left) played in the E 1990 European Cup Winners’ Cup final with Anderlecht in 1990 (Getty Images)

Finidi George and Kanu Nwankwo followed with two consecutive appearances for Ajax in 1995 and 1996 Champions League finals.

17 seasons after Kanu Nwankwo and Finidi George won the Champions League, Mikel Obi won the trophy with Chelsea FC.
17 seasons after Kanu Nwankwo and Finidi George won the Champions League, Mikel Obi won the trophy with Chelsea FC.

Next was Taribo West for Inter Milan in the 1998 UEFA Cup final, followed by Chidi Odiah for CSKA Moscow in the 2005 UEFA Cup final.

Taribo West played in the 1998 UEFA Cup final with Inter Milan (Getty Images)

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Taribo West played in the 1998 UEFA Cup final with Inter Milan (Getty Images)

Former Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi played in the 2012 Champions League final before Iwobi’s appearance in the 2019 Europa League final for Arsenal.