Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu has paid tribute to manager Arsene Wenger who called time on his 22-year reign at the club.
Ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League game against West Ham United on Saturday, Wenger confirmed in a club statement that he will leave the north London club at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Kanu moved to the Emirates Stadium from Inter Milan in February 1999, enjoyed a decent spell of two Premier League titles which includes being a member of the 2003-04 Invincibles squad, and two FA Cups under Wenger.
The two-time African Footballer of the Year scored 44 goals in 197 games across all competitions for the north London side before joining West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2004.
In reaction to Wenger’s big statement on Friday, the former Nigeria international reminisced on his time at the Emirates Stadium and described his experience with the French tactician as his ‘most cherished’.
“Big shoes for anyone to fill, playing for Arsenal under Arsene was one of the best period of my career – two premiership, two FA cups, the invincibles, playing with some of the best assembled players,” Kanu wrote on Instagram.
“Influencing millions of fans in West Africa to support this great club are some of the memories that come to fore today but above all, the privilege to have played for a gentleman like Wenger is most cherished.”