- Kanu Nwankwo has explained that outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger played the role of a father in his career
- The former Super Eagles star stated that it took the Frenchman six months to convince him to sign for Arsenal in 1999
- Kanu was on Sunday, May 6, at the Emirates Stadium where he paid tribute to Arsene Wenger
Former Super Eagles star Kanu Nwankwo has stated clearly that he would forever remain indebted to outgoing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who will leave the Gunners this summer.
Kanu Nwankwo was part of the invited guests that paid tribute to the Frenchman on Sunday, May 6, at the Emirates stadium in his last home game in charge of Arsenal.
The 41-year-old who was signed at Arsenal from Inter Milan in 1999 claimed that Wenger played the role of a father in his football career.
"He's been like a father figure for all of us. When I was at Inter Milan he did everything to try to get me to Arsenal for six months. That's the kind of person you want to be and want to support.
"At the time, nobody believed in me. They were like, 'You're coming out from hospital, can you play football?' But he believed in me and when I came here, I didn't disappoint him. That's why I'm here today.
"I love the celebrations of him at the Emirates. It's a very good show of respect. I've seen a lot of people wearing red saying 'Merci Arsène'.
"After the game, nobody left their seat. They're all here to support him, say goodbye and thank him for all that he has done for the club." Kanu told Arsenal player.
Kanu was named African Footballer of the Year for the second time in 1999 when he scored 17 times in 50 matches for the Gunners including a hat-trick in fifteen minutes against Chelsea to turn a 2–0 deficit into a 3–2 victory.
Earlier, NAIJ.com had reported how Kanu Nwankwo was among the 100 ex-Arsenal stars invited to witness Arsene Wenger's last home game in-charge of the Gunners.
Kanu graced the occasion with his wife alongside former Arsenal players and he took to his Instagram page to share photos and video of the once in a life time event.
Papillo in the first video he share paid tribute to his former boss in a lengthy caption which reads: "Merci ARSÈNE. What a beautiful afternoon to send off a great mentor and boss. @arsenal 22years premier League manager. Thanks for building what we know today as Arsenal.
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