Former Super Eagles captain Kanu Nwankwo said that he is delighted as he was honourably nominated as one of the best African players to feature in the English Premier League.
Kanu, who was signed by former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in 1999 from Inter Milan, went ahead to feature 197 times for the Gunners scoring 44 goals in all competitions. He also played for West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth FC before retiring from football.
The two-time African Footballer of the Year said that he is thrilled that his past achievements for Arsenal and the two other clubs he played for in the EPL are still being appreciated and valued.
“What can I say? I am grateful to God that I am still being spoken about positively despite my retirement some years ago,” Kanu said.
“We have a lot of quality players that have featured for different clubs in the EPL and for me to be counted among the lucky few to be recognized is something to be happy about.”
“I know there are some people that have become fans of Arsenal and my other former teams because they appreciate what I did for Arsenal.”
“Opinions will continue to differ regarding the best African players to ever played in the EPL but I am happy that people are still talking about my exploits in England several years after I left the league,” Kanu added.
Kanu had good memories with Arsenal where he won two league titles in the 2001-02 and 2003-04 seasons, with the latter going the entire season unbeaten. He also lifted two FA Cup titles with the Gunners in 2001-02 and 2002-03 seasons.
The Olympic gold medalist with the Under 23 team in 1996 also won the FA Cup with Portsmouth FC in 2007-08, after scoring the winning goals in the semi-final and final respectively.