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Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu feels the sale of Alex Iwobi is a big mistake by Unai Emery.
The Nigerian midfielder departed the Emirates in the summer to join Everton in an initial £28 million deal.
Iwobi had been with the Gunners since the age of eight after graduating through the club’s academy to become a key first-team player.
And despite Iwobi dividing opinion in north London, Kanu is adamant this could be a transfer that comes back to haunt Arsenal.
“I would say they made a mistake, 100 per cent,” the Nigeria hero 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.”
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a roaring start to life at Goodison Park since his move, scoring in two of his three appearances.
He netted in the Toffees’ win over Lincoln in the EFL Cup, before scoring again in their narrow victory against Wolves just days later.
Former Everton defender Joseph Yobo has backed his fellow Nigerian compatriot to be a hit on Merseyside.
“Everton is the perfect club for a brave player like Alex Iwobi and I know it’s the right step to becoming a great player,” Yobo told BBC Sport.
“The manager [Marco Silva] is building an amazing team and he believes so much in Alex to add him to his squad.
“Already he has started well by scoring two headed goals and it’s just the beginning of bigger things to come.”