£35 million Iwobi transfer mistake! Gunners hero Kanu announces winger should be at Arsenal
Nwankwo Kanu has questioned his Arsenal’s decision to let Alex Iwobi leave for Everton during the transfer window
There was a lot of speculation about whom Arsenal were signing on deadline day that most forgot that a few players were linked with a move away, especially since all the talk about the signing of David LuizDavid Luiz from Chelsea and Kieran Tierney from Celtic.
But one man that has departed the Emirates this summer is that of Iwobi, who was a firm fans favourite after establishing himself in the Arsenal side over the past few seasons, but was no longer needed at the Emirates.
The Gunners went and broke their club record transfer record by acquiring Nicolas Pepe for £72 million, meaning that Iwovi was well down the pecking order, and the Gunners have agreed to let the winger sign for Everton in a deal worth £35 million.
Everton’s late move for Iwobi came as they failed in their pursuit of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, and Kanu believes this connection to the Gunners means Unai Emery should have kept hold of the midfielder.
‘I would say they made a mistake, 100 per cent, Why they let him go, I don’t know,’ Kanu told Goal.
‘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.
‘What he brings week in, week out, the fans need to appreciate that.
‘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.’
Iwobi may not have been the most exciting of wingers for Arsenal, but he was a solid performer and many Gunners fans will thank him for his service to the club. But Arsenal have pulled one out the bag here and got a decent amount for the player, as he is not worth £35 million, a price that Everton will not have been happy to pay.
But the move will be good for him and his career.