You won’t believe it but Arsenal fans have called on manager, Arsene Wenger to consider signing one of the team’s legends, Nwankwo Kanu again.
Reason: This follows Kanu’s heroics on Saturday when his hat-trick and goal from Robert Pires gave Arsenal Legends a 4-1 win over AC Milan Legends in a charity match at the Emirates Stadium.
The captain of the 1996 Olympics gold winning squad who came on as a substitute broke the deadlock in the 27th minute when he connected Emmanuel Petit’s cross with a header into the far corner of the net.
Fans of the Gunners immediately after the goal resorted to the chants of, ‘Wenger, Wenger, sign him (Kanu) up!’ as they continued to revel in a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of football.
AC Milan Legends drew parity in the 40th minute through Christian Vieri who cashed in on a goal mouth scramble to beat David Seaman.
Kanu put the Gunners back in the lead in the 72nd minute with another spectacular header this time off Luis Boa Morte’s free kick from the left side.
The former Ajax and Portsmouth forward completed his treble of the day nine minutes later when he converted the penalty kick awarded his side after Robert Pires had been axed in the box.
Pires too in the 86th minute appeared on the scoresheet as he scored Arsenal’s fourth goal before Vieri again reduced the tally when he rebounded in a penalty which was well saved by Jens Lehmann.
Kanu speaking after the match said scoring a hat-trick for Arsenal Legends was a “special” moment for him.
“This is special because of The Arsenal Foundation, what they are doing and the work they want to achieve,” the two time African Footballer of the Year told www.arsenal.com.
“It’s a special hat-trick. It is always, always good to see the supporters and to entertain them!” he added.
The game which was to raise £1 million for the Arsenal Foundation’s mission to build pitches for children in UK (London), Jordan and Somalia, also featured retired high-profile footballers except Kolo Toure, who has already played three games in the Scottish Premier League this season for Celtic United.
Gilberto Silva, Freddie Ljungberg, Martin Keown, Marc Overmars and Ray Parlour, were also among the Arsenal Legends, while Milan Glorie also paraded Paolo Di Canio, Cafu, Marcel Desailly and Alessandro Costacurta, among others in the novelty game.