-Fans Call On Wenger To Sign Former Gunners Forward
By Izuchukwu Okosi
Former Nigeria captain and Arsenal star Nwankwo Kanu proved that the talent never dies as he bagged a hat-trick in
Arsenal Legends versus AC Milan Glorie charity match at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday which ended 4-2 for the
Kanu initially thought he was starting in the game which was held to raise funds for the Arsneal Foundation before
taking his place on the bench. The mix-up drew laughter from the Arsenal faithful.
Papilo then came off the bench to score the first of his three goals when he headed into the top corner. He almost
grabbed a second after turning Dario Simic with a sumptous feint before firing his shot wide.
The two-time Africa Footballer of the Year doubled his account in the 72nd minute before adding the gloss with a
penalty nine minutes before the end of the game.
Robert Pires got the Arsenal Legends’ other goal, while Christian Vieri scored AC Milan Legends’ two goals.
Kanu, who once famously scored a hat-trick as Arsenal came from behind to beat Chelsea, had vowed before Saturday’s
charity match that he would score thrice.
One big star missing from the charity match was Belgium assistant coach Thierry Henry, an Arsenal legend who has a
face-off with manager Arsene Wenger.
Kanu delighted a sell-out crowd at The Arsenal Foundation fundraiser and some fans were so impressed they felt he
could still do a job for their first team even calling on Wenger to sign him up as a free agent.
Retired Kanu still has more pace and is still more clinical than Giroud.
Wenger sign him up on a free bikonu
— AnieXtiaN’. (@Feints_twists) September 3, 2016
Kanu has gone for 12 years and has come and scored a hat Trick at the Emirates ahead of Giroud #ArsenalLegends
— George (@Jorgekip) September 3, 2016
Kanu looking more of a threat than Giroud and Walcott put together #ArsenalLegends
— Paul Mosedale (@Mosey004) September 3, 2016
Twitter user George said: “Kanu has gone for 12 years and has come and scored a hat Trick at the Emirates ahead of
Kanu tweeted after the game saying: “End of the day we all made it. Congrats Arsenal Foundation and well done all
the players. I’m proud to be part of this.
Arsene Wenger gave his assesment of the game and hailed the impact of the former Arsenal star.
“The surprise was Kanu, because nobody knew where he played and he turned up with something special again,” he said.
“Players like Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires are still completely fit, and Kolo Toure I’m not surprised about
because he still plays for Celtic.
“The class has not gone, the quality has not gone – the legs a little bit! But not too much. They had enough
resources to make the game enjoyable. It is a great afternoon and that shows our values at the club because we
raised one million pounds for the charity and we can be very proud of that.”