The former Super Eagles star signed for the Gunners 21-years ago today, and many are celebrating his legacy.
On Wednesday, Arsenal celebrated the 21st anniversary of signing Nwankwo Kanu from Serie A side Inter Milan. The two-time CAF African Footballer of the Year joined the English club for about £4.15 million on January 15, 1999.
Kanu went on to score 54 league goals and provided 29 assists on the way to winning over a century games for then-manager Arsene Wenger’s side.
Arsenal took to Twitter to mark the special day with a video of Kanu’s best five goals scored at the club.
🗓 #OnThisDay, 21 years ago… we signed the one and only Kanu! 🇳🇬
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 15, 2020
The English Premier League also recognized one of its past heroes by tweeting Kanu’s most notable stats.
Kanu's #PL career in numbers 🔢
⏲️ 15,111 minutes played
👕 113 games won
⚽️ 54 goals
🅰️ 29 assists
👟 140 tackles pic.twitter.com/NS0GsJvgVa
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 15, 2020
Fans of the Owerri-born forward were not left out as many shared their fondest memory of Kanu on a football pitch.
The major reason why I became an arsenal fan.
— 'Femi Oyesile (@realfemioyesile) January 15, 2020
KANU'S MAGIC GOAL AGINST SPURS THE BEST
— KING OF UNIVERSE (@english4alu) January 15, 2020
This one all day long. Even from the Clock End we could see how special this was… pic.twitter.com/BX907fbSwU
— Highbury Harold (@BlackScarfAFC) January 15, 2020
3rd v Chelsea. Was at Highbury morning ko watching on the big screen from the North Bank, I think. Was at the steps glanced back and he smashed it in from impossible angle. Huge fella bear hugged me and almost killed me. Great day
— Sisie777 (@sisie777) January 15, 2020
— Olayide Mahone (@Faroukfabulous) January 15, 2020
That goal from the acute angle against Chelsea stands out. Incredible individual effort. Long live King Kanu.
Ifb all #gooners
— 🇳🇬 Dámi Yọ̀mí Sàámú 🇦🇧² (@Abmalcomsam) January 15, 2020
For his best goal seems to be forgotten, the one against Deportivo.
Simply genius the way he tricked the keeper without touching the ball and simply tapped the ball into the net as the keeper lay on the ground and watched.https://t.co/WMz8J6qdcm
— Tope Bolarinwa (@tubolarin) January 15, 2020
During his time with the Gunners, Nwankwo Kanu won two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and one FA Community Shield.