Kanu my best January signing – Arsene Wenger
The former Arsenal boss, who spoke of his disdain for the mid-season transfer chose Nwankwo Kanu as his best January transfer signing.
Two years after joining Arsenal, Arsene Wenger signed the Nigerian from Inter Milan in the winter transfer window of the 1998-99 season.
The Nigerian went on to make an instant impact, scoring 7 goals in 17 appearances that season – and over five seasons at Arsenal, Kanu scored 43 goals in 197 appearances – winning two league titles and FA CUP with the north London club.
When asked who was his best winter transfer signing, on beiNWengerAtoZ, Wenger responded: “What a difficult question. Of the twenty years, maybe Kanu.
“In the middle of the season, he made a big impact.”
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The Frenchman proceeded to talk about the mid-season transfer, describing it as ‘unfair.’
“I think It’s like a race in a marathon when you change the shoes halfway and I think it’s not right,” Wenger said.
“When you start the season, you’ve to finish with the same players or you keep it open the whole season like it was when I arrived in England. They’ve chosen a rule that’s not right.
“It’s a pressure when you lose a game, people say buy a player. First of all, in the middle of the season, it’s not easy buying a player than the ones you have.
“I think it’s as well a little bit unfair for the other teams. It disturbs a bit of the regularity of the championship. Most of the time, people on the market are desperate people, in huge need and they’re over calculating what does it cost to go down to the championship or to stay in the league.”
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