Wenger Calls Kanu the Best Mid-Season Hire in His 22 Years of Managing Arsenal

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Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has named Nwankwo Kanu as his best January signature from throughout his 22-year spell with the Gunners.

In 1999, Kanu moved from Inter Milan to North London for a reported £ 4.15 million fee, and immediately settled in the team.

He came off the bench to make a significant impact in first few outings for the Gunners with goals against Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa as a substitute.

In October 1999, he also bagged a 15-minute hat-trick against Chelsea which helped Arsenal turn around a two-goal deficit to claim a 3-2 win.

When questioning the best move he made in January, Wenger picked Kanu. “What a difficult question. Over 20 years, maybe Kanu. In the middle of the season, it had a big impact and he was a huge player,” he told for beIN Sport.

He described Kanu as a huge player, ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whom he signed for a club-record fee in January 2018 from Borussia Dortmund.

Kanu was a member of the Invincible team that won the Premier League title in 2003-04 without losing a game and also won two FA Cups.

The ex-Nigeria forward scored 17 goals in 50 matches in his first full season with the Gunners and he helped them reach a runner-up finish in the UEFA Cup. Moreover, during his five-and-a-half years at the club, Kanu has been a popular figure at Arsenal, winning several individuals and team laurels before joining West Bromwich Albion in 2004.

 

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