In an interview with Goal, Arsenal and Nigerian legend Nwankwo Kanu has expressed his displeasure over the club’s decision to sell Alex Iwobi this summer.
Iwobi, who heavily featured under Unai Emery last season, was one of the shock departures from the club. The Nigerian international left the Gunners to join fellow Premier League side Everton for a fee that could rise as high as £40million.
Speaking about Arsenal’s decision to cash in on Iwobi, Kanu 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.”
Iwobi played 51 times for us last season and was directly involved in 15 goals. He left Arsenal with a total of 149 appearances and the decision to move him on was rightly questioned by fans and pundits alike.
The Nigerian international has had an exceptional start to life at Everton having scored twice in three appearances. Kanu pointed out that it would have been best for him to stay considering that Arsenal can offer European football.
“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.”
Arsenal could regret this decision:
There is absolutely no doubt that Iwobi has all the qualities in him to be a massive player for Everton in the coming years and Arsenal could well regret the decision to sell him, as they have with many young players over the years.