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Former Arsenal hero Kanu brands Alex Iwobi sale a mistake

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Former Arsenal hero Kanu brands Alex Iwobi sale a mistake

Former Arsenal favourite Kanu believes the decision to sell Alex Iwobi to Everton was a mistake by his old club.

The Nigerian winger made a last-gasp move to Goodison Park on transfer deadline day for Premier League clubs, with the Merseyside outfit reportedly agreeing a fee that could eventually reach £34 million (BBC Sport).

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The move raised eyebrows, after the Toffees had very publicly chased Wilfried Zaha towards the end of the window.

The Ivorian was ultimately too expensive and Everton seemingly had no choice but to sign an alternative, and the player’s compatriot Kanu believes Arsenal shouldn’t have let it be him.

Speaking to Goal, he said: “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.

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“What he brings week in, week out, the fans need to appreciate that.

“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.”

TBR’s view

Iwobi has good potential and only time will tell if Arsenal will be vindicated in their decision to sell.

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During his time at the Emirates Iwobi often struggled to find consistency, and in 149 first-team appearances he scored just 15 goals and made 27 assists.

Clearly Kanu is an Iwobi fan and would have liked to see him flourish at the north Londoners, but Arsenal cannot really be blamed for cashing in when they did, especially with Nicolas Pepe joining the club.

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