Former Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu has criticised the Gunners’ board’s decision to allow Alex Iwobi to join Everton over the summer.
Iwobi on the move
Amid a hectic deadline day at the Emirates, Arsenal secured some long-overdue defensive reinforcements, in the form of the additions of both David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.
There was also high-profile business on the departure front, though.
On the back of rumours that Everton’s frustrations in their pursuit of Wilfried Zaha had seen the Toffees switch their attentions to Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, Marco Silva’s men secured the Nigerian’s signature in the English transfer window’s closing hours.
Iwobi put pen-to-paper on a 5-year deal at Goodison Park, in a move worth a reported £34 million.
✍️ Signed, sealed, delivered!
— Everton (@Everton) August 8, 2019
‘Couldn’t believe it’
One former Gunners star who feels as though the north Londoners made a mistake in allowing Iwobi to move on, though, is Nwankwo Kanu.
Speaking in an interview with Goal.com earlier today, Gunners legend Kanu revealed his opinion that his fellow countryman’s Arsenal roots make him precisely the type of player who should be present in Unai Emery’s squad:
‘I would say they made a mistake, 100 per cent. 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.’
‘I think he is still young and those are the type of people you want in the team, people who grew up here, who knows everything about the club and wants to die for the club.’
‘He was one of them, so for us to lose him and to let him go, was a shock. I couldn’t really believe we did it, but that’s football.’