Arsenal legend Kanu questions club’s decision to sell Alex Iwobi to Everton

10 Sep

Arsenal legend Kanu insists Arsenal made a mistake in selling Alex Iwobi to Everton.

The Gunners academy graduate joined the Toffees in a £40million deal last month.

Alex Iwobi netted hist first Premier League goal for Everton last month

He made 149 appearances for Arsenal, but fell down the pecking order following the £72million club-record signing of winger Nicolas Pepe.

Iwobi has made an impressive start to life at Goodison Park, scoring in two of his first three games.

And Kanu, who won two Premier League titles with Arsenal between 1999 and 2004, told Goal: “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 know everything about the club and wants to die for the club.

Kanu signs for Arsenal in 1999
Kanu is an Arsenal fans favourite

“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.”

Iwobi moved to Everton in a late transfer deadline day deal after the Toffees failed to sign Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha.

And Kanu says he would have convinced Iwobi to stay at the Emirates if he had known about Everton’s interest earlier.

He added: “It was a surprise to everybody because it happened right at the end of the window.


“If I knew earlier, I could have said to him not to go and that it was better for him to stay.

“I would have said that there was no need for him to go because at Arsenal he will still play. He’s that good and he needs to know that.

“I think Arsenal would have been the best place for him because it’s a big club and you want to play in a big club and in Europe. Those are the games you want to play.”


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Harry Redknapp recalls hilarious story about the time he signed Kanu for Portsmouth

23 Mar

Harry Redknapp has revealed how he ended up signing Nwankwo Kanu for Portsmouth.

Kanu’s contract had expired at West Brom and he was a free agent when Redknapp approached him to join the south coast club in 2006.

Nwankwo Kanu helped Portsmouth win the FA Cup

Tony Adams, who was the assistant manager of the club at the time, was less than keen on signing the former Arsenal striker.

Kanu had won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with the Gunners during six years with the north London club.

Harry Redknapp with his assistant manager at Portsmouth Tony Adams

“We had injuries at the start of the year. We had Blackburn at home in the first game of the season and I don’t have a fit striker on the books,” Redknapp told talkSPORT.

“I’m looking through the book trying to find somebody and suddenly I said to Tony Adams, ‘What about Kanu?’

“He went ‘Harry, he’s 48’.

“I  said, ‘I spoke to the physios at Arsenal and they said he’s fit. He was at West Brom last year, I saw him and he did alright. I saw him twice and he played well.’

“Anyway, we go through the book and can’t find anyone and so I ring up Kanu.

“‘Kanu, do you want to play? Are you going to play this year?’

“‘Yeah I would love to play,’ he said.

“I said, ‘Do you want to come to Portsmouth?’

Harry Redknapp brought Kanu to Portsmouth

“So he came down on the Monday morning and I said we can do a deal and have you play.

“Monday morning he turns up and I said, ‘Look we have a reserve game this afternoon and I’m going to play you in the reserves against Cardiff. It’s not a trial, it’s just to make sure your fitness is good and to get you ready for Saturday. We have a big game at Blackburn’.

“He’s having a medical and I said, ‘Don’t do the medical until after the game, if he’s rubbish we will fail him on the medical’.

Kanu went on to play 165 times for Portsmouth

“Anyway, he plays in the game for 60 minutes and scores two worldies so we sign him.

“On the Saturday we play Blackburn at home first game and I put him on the bench. Todorov plays in the first half, he can only play half a game as he has an injury, we come in 1-0 up and I put Kanu on and he scores two goals in the second half and we win 3-0.

“On the Monday we go to Middlesbrough and he gets another two goals and we win 4-0 at Middlesbrough.

“We get back to Southampton airport, we are waiting for the luggage and suddenly his body has gone into spasm and he can’t move. They have to lift him up, put him in a wheelchair and wheel him out to his car. The kitman had to drive him home.

“Five years later and he’s still playing for Portsmouth. He scored the goal in the semi-final and scored the only goal in the final to win the cup.”

Kanu went on to play 165 games for Portsmouth before retiring in 2012 and helped them to lift the FA Cup in 2008.