Arsenal boss Unai Emery blasted for Alex Iwobi transfer by Nwankwo Kanu | Football | Sport
Arsenal hero Nwankwo Kanu has hit out at Unai Emery for allowing Alex Iwobi join Everton on transfer deadline day.
The winger’s time at the Emirates came to an end in August after 15 years at the club, which split opinion among fans.
Everton paid an initial fee of £28million which could rise to £34m, but Kanu doesn’t think that his former side have got the better deal.
“I would say they made a mistake, 100 per cent,” the Nigeria legend told Goal.
“Why they let him go, I don’t know.”
The 23-year-old scored 15 goals in 149 senior appearances for his boyhood club, including a spectacular strike in last season’s Europa League final.
Iwobi has already scored twice in his three outings for new side Everton, against both Lincoln and Wolves.
Kanu added: “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.
“It was a surprise to everybody because it happened right at the end of the window.
““If I knew earlier, I could have said to him not to go and that it was better for him to stay.
“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.”