My Success at Arsenal Opened Doors For African footballers – Nwankwo Kanu
Former Super Eagles forward, Kanu Nwankwo has claimed that his successful Arsenal spell paved way for more African footballers to . in the English Premier League. Kanu joined the Gunners in 1999 and won two Premier League trophies, two FA Cups during his five years at the club. He also scored 44 goals in 198 games. “I believe I was the first [African] person who came to England and did very well,” the 39-year-old told Arsenal Player. He continued: “After that, the doors opened for African talents so, with Arsenal behind me and what we did with Arsenal, everybody now tends to follow the English league. “When I came over I saw a good coach who saw the best in me. I was a good player because he made it easier for me to .. “Everybody believes that English football is all about playing the ball up, not keeping it on the ground, but Arsène has his own idea of football and it made it easier for us. He wanted us to . football the right way, he wanted us to enjoy it by passing the ball around and that’s what we did. “It was very easy to adjust when you saw the fans. The supporters are behind you and they love you and what you are doing and that means you have to do more. If you keep doing more, they keep loving you and it was very easy for them to adopt me. “I had the skills and the tricks the fans really love. When I left Arsenal I still had the fans on my mind and since then I’ve been supporting the club.” Kanu also played for West Brom and Portsmouth in England before hanging his boots.