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Nwankwo Kanu criticises former Arsenal manager Unai Emery’s ‘surprising’ decision to sell Alex Iwobi to Everton


Nwanko Kanu was ‘surprised’ Arsenal sold Alex Iwobi (Picture: Getty)

Nwankwo Kanu insists he was ‘surprised’ former Arsenal manager Unai Emery sold Alex Iwobi to Everton in 2019 and says the Gunners would be a ‘better team’ if he was still at the Emirates.

Nigeria international Iwobi spent more than a decade at Arsenal’s academy and then four years in the first-team before being offloaded to Everton in the summer of 2019.

Arsenal received around £30million for Iwobi but Gunners legend Kanu believes selling the forward was a mistake.

In the summer Iwobi was sold, former manager Emery broke Arsenal’s transfer record by signing Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille.

‘I was surprised they let Alex Iwobi go when they did,’ Kanu, speaking to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Arsenal v Everton, said.

‘He was supposed to be a part of this team and I think they’d be a better team with him in it. He’s Arsenal blood and he’s always given his all for the team.

‘He plays at an international level. I believe he’d be much more comfortable in this Arsenal team than he is in the Everton team.’

Iwobi joined Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Everton in 2019 (Picture: Getty)

Iwobi, 24, scored 15 goals in 149 appearances for Arsenal and has netted four goals in 62 matches for Everton.

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