Former Arsenal striker Nwankwo Kanu has said he was very surprised when the Gunners sold Alex Iwobi to Everton last month. The London club offloaded the winger for £34m on transfer deadline day but his fellow countryman says he disagrees with the decision:
“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.”
The arrival of Nicolas Pepe from Lille in the summer meant that Iwobi’s game time was likely to be limited, and despite the 23-year-old still having room to develop, there are also a number of other wingers coming through the system at Arsenal.
Reiss Nelson, in particular, is a player with big potential and was handed starts by manager Unai Emery in the first two league games against Newcastle and Burnley.
Iwobi has, though, started well at his new club, having scored two goals in his first three appearances for Everton, and it remains to be seen if Arsenal will regret the decision to sell up as Kanu believes they will.