It was always going to happen that a former Arsenal player would come out and criticise the selling of Alex Iwobi proving that there is absolutely nothing the club can do to please everyone.
You would have thought that selling Iwobi for the rumoured £40 Million would have been universally welcomed, it really was a stunning piece of business but nope, it turns out it is not universally welcomed.
Former Arsenal striker and Nigerian international Nwankwo Kanu, has expressed his shock that his former club sold his fellow countryman.
“I would say they made a mistake, 100 per cent,” Kanu told Goal. “Why they let him go, I don’t know.
“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.”
Well, that is passionate but the thing is this, he simply was not consistent enough for Arsenal and when Everton offered up the amount of money they did it became an offer far too good to turn down.
Kanu obviously believes that Iwobi is better than what the club and most of the fans feel he is, but his reaction does appear to be a bit over the top. To say he couldn’t believe it does make him look a little bit detached from the realities of modern-day football and what a player is truly worth, both in monetary terms and to the selling club.