Legends enjoy Arsenal return

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Kanu grabbed a hat-trick and Bobby Pires also got on the scoresheet as an Arsenal Legends side ran out 4-2 winners against their AC Milan counterparts on Saturday afternoon. After the game, several of the Gunners old boys shared their thoughts on the occasion. Here’s a roundup…

Kolo Toure on returning to the Emirates

“It was very important for me to be here. It’s true that I keep playing for Celtic but when I had the chance from the club to come and play with my old teammates, for me it was really, really important.

“Just to see the fans here, I started in Arsenal and I don’t think I would’ve made the career that I’ve made without Arsenal.

“For me, it was really, really important for me to come back here and see the fans, play with my old friends and play with the manager, Arsène Wenger – one of the best managers in the world, for me. I’m so happy to be here.”

Kanu on being Arsenal’s hero of the day

“This is special because of The Arsenal Foundation, what they are doing and the work they want to achieve.

“It’s a special hat-trick. It is always, always good to see the supporters and to entertain them!”

Fun fun fun 2 great arsenal legends.#arsenallegend #arsenal

A photo posted by Kanu (@kingkanu4) on

Nigel Winterburn on his Di Canio shenanigans

“Well, I’ve been waiting a long time to get Paolo [di Canio] back. I thought I’m getting a little bit old now so it was a good opportunity. Listen, we had a chat about it before honestly and said ‘let’s just have a little go’.

“He wanted Howard [Webb] to have a join in with us as well, but he wasn’t having any of it! It’s such a fantastic cause today for the charity, and also a competitive game.

“I still play twice a week, but I still say, a lot slower, a lot older, but still competitive!”

David Seaman

“It’s been fantastic, because I was here when Dennis had his testimonial and to come back and still get that reception was just awesome, so thanks guys!”

Arsene Wenger

“The surprise was Kanu, because nobody knew where he played and he turned up with something special again. Players like Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires are still completely fit, and Kolo Toure I’m not surprised about because he still plays for Celtic. The class has not gone, the quality has not gone – the legs a little bit! But not too much. They had enough resources to make the game enjoyable. It is a great afternoon and that shows our values at the club because we raised one million pounds for the charity and we can be very proud of that.”

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Xhaka Demus, No Pliers
Xhaka Demus, No Pliers
3 years ago

Things like this just remind you what it is you love about The Arsenal. The transfer window sideshow and media nonsense distract from the fact that at its core Arsenal is a club we all love. Yes, I would like to see a different style of ownership but even just the pictures evoke such great memories of what this club has meant over the course of my lifetime (30’s) that I can’t help but smile. Hopefully the smiles continue when the competitive action resumes this weekend. COYG

Mabiribobi
Mabiribobi
3 years ago

Ha ha I love your name.

Lance
Lance
3 years ago

Freddie assisting Bobby – Priceless ❤️

mannyg
mannyg
3 years ago

Seriously incredible how good Pires and others still are. The touch and finesse in their play truly hasn’t gone. Was so good seeing it again.

Gandalf
Gandalf
3 years ago
Reply to  mannyg

Honestly, I was watching Petit, and he genuinely looked top class. I was young when he played for us, so I never appreciated him like I should have.

Tony g
Tony g
3 years ago

I think all clubs should do this, it’s so great to see old faces and especially if it’s for a good cause. I’d happily see this once a year;-)

Chuqu
Chuqu
3 years ago

You can see that class is permanent…Nice seeing the guys that once made us smile with pride. It’s a shame we didn’t get to see King Henry, DB10 and Viera, it’s understandable though.

Park chu young and recreation
Park chu young and recreation
3 years ago

Tell DB10 to book a ferry for next year. It’s just not a legends match without him.

Edna Dowling
Edna Dowling
3 years ago

Bergkamp isn’t just an Arsenal legend…. he’s THE Arsenal legend!

Le Jim
Le Jim
3 years ago

Loved seeing Wenger’s proud dad smile as the goals went in :’)

Should make it an annual event – looks a great day and a great cause.

Parth
Parth
3 years ago

The fourth goal reminded me of the 2003-04 season with Gilberto winning the ball back, Ljungberg crossing for Piers to tap in.
Shame there was no Vieira, Thierry or Bergkamp but the afternoon brought tears to my eyes.
Arguably, their time was the highest peak in Arsenal Football history.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse
3 years ago
Reply to  Parth

Not sure there’s any argument

Edna Dowling
Edna Dowling
3 years ago
Reply to  Parth

Yes, I came over all emotional, too. I travelled over from Dublin for the game. I was a little disappointed DB10 didn’t take part, but that goal alone made the trip worthwhile.

nigerian rex?
nigerian rex?
3 years ago

As a Nigerian, I started following Arsenal because of Kanu. To see Him Again in the Arsenal shirt again made me nostalgic. This group of players really left a big big shoe to be filled. There’s this confidence about them, you just almost get the feeling that three points in every game is our right! It’s amazing how that confidence haven’t left them, kanu even said He was gonna score a hat-trick before the match..
Good to see our legends again!

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
3 years ago
Reply to  nigerian rex?

Had Nigeria kept on playing Kanu, they would have qualified for the African Cup of Nations 2017. Happy that Iwobi will be available for Arsenal January and February 2017.

Dave
Dave
3 years ago

Sign Kanu up Arsene!

texasgooner
texasgooner
3 years ago
Reply to  Dave

Would be a great deal, he’s only 21 years old after all

Exiledgooner
Exiledgooner
3 years ago

Good to see Pat Rice back on the bench as well. Top man.

And_Arsene_Said...
And_Arsene_Said...
3 years ago

With the effort put in by our old boys I was a little afraid the money raised would go towards overtime for medical staff and cost of resuscitation for most of Milan older boys. Joking aside, great spectacle, very enjoyable.

pirate luckybeard
pirate luckybeard
3 years ago

Keown came on in the 2nd half and changed the game….had a touch of the Zidan about him 🙂

Great day for the whole family, my 3 year old girls first trip to the Emirates and she stood up cause she hates Tottenham

Va va voom
Va va voom
3 years ago

Great penalty save by Lehman. Dived to his right and left hand save to a high ball. Truly awesome

FrankTheTank
FrankTheTank
3 years ago

What a beast team we used to have. Emirates build was supposed to take us to the next level, But in hindsight it feels like the day we went from being a football club chasing trophies into becoming a corporation chasing profit.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant
3 years ago
Reply to  FrankTheTank

There’s always one.

J singh
J singh
3 years ago

Great turn out from our lads ,hopefully we can do something again… We’ve got so many legends who could play… Sol Campbell , Lauren, suker, Tony adams , Steve bould, plus the obvious who couldn’t play – Henry , bergkamp & Vieira

nigerian rex?
nigerian rex?
3 years ago

Any injuries from the match…… No?

Paul
Paul
3 years ago
Reply to  nigerian rex?

Ray Palour and Anders Limpar that we know of actually…

Dan Hunter
Dan Hunter
3 years ago
Reply to  Paul

Overmars

Terry embleton
Terry embleton
3 years ago

Went to the game on Saturday in the upper tear of North bank and was thoroughly impressed! The lads turned I’m a brilliant performance considering their age etc… I was really impressed with Nigel Winterburn and Petit and I think Cygan had his best game in an arsenal shirt 😉

Also a mention for Anders Limpar who did very well

Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
Cyprus The Immortal Gooner
3 years ago

Not giving Pires a 2 year extension because he was 30 was one of the worst mistakes Wenger ever made…

Edna Dowling
Edna Dowling
3 years ago

Couldn’t agree more.

David Hillier's luggage
David Hillier's luggage
3 years ago

I noticed Gary Lewin ont he bench too – has he been sacked by England or something? Would be a bit harsh if so, hardly his fault Harry Kane can’t take a corner to save his life.

Gutbukket Deffrolla
Gutbukket Deffrolla
3 years ago

Yep, when they said Legends they meant Arsenal Legends whatever capacity they served in Great to see Pat Rice there, and it was good to see some of the non-playing staff popping back too.

Big Rob
Big Rob
3 years ago

Nice day out , shame Bergkamp wasn’t playing, I’m sure his name was there when I bought the tickets, or maybe I imagined it, I did look a bit of a twat , after telling my son he was playing , when he wasn’t , what was the official take on him not being there?

Edna Dowling
Edna Dowling
3 years ago
Reply to  Big Rob

Dunno, but I’d be very interested in hearing it. His name was there when I bought my tickets and right up until a couple of days before the game…. or more accurately, until it became a sell-out.

ZoliBravo
ZoliBravo
3 years ago

Am I the only one still waiting for the real explanation regarding Henry and Bergkamp? :-S

Flyair
Flyair
3 years ago

it looks as if Kanu is the striker Arsene was looking for…:-)

santori
santori
3 years ago

Amazing Limpar how old he is now. And Petit still has his locks. Llungberg looks incredibly fit. Love Nigel’s commitment to the cause, and Keown still intimidating as ever. Some of the players were testimonial to Wenger’s ability in market. How much he paid for Kanu and Toure and Pires, Llungberg…simply amazing. Should remind us of the transfer market and how superb Wenger has been. Generally he bought low minimising impact should the buy go wrong but maximising on profit which helped grow the club before attracting the confidence of the banks for stadium build and more stable income. Also,… Read more »

Paul
Paul
3 years ago

What a shift that Winters put in!!

master floda
master floda
3 years ago

I would like to see a Rosicky testimoneal.

RosickyLegend7
RosickyLegend7
3 years ago
Reply to  master floda

Will probably get one after he retires. Would be exciting to see him play at the Emirates again. His goal for Sparta Prague at Highbury against was brilliant.

Corona X
Corona X
3 years ago

Thought this was a legend match… Where was Bendtner??!

Jack Kelsey
Jack Kelsey
3 years ago
Reply to  Corona X

and Jeffers?

tapps
3 years ago
Reply to  Jack Kelsey

and Silvinho?

Ian Wright Hearts David Pleat
Ian Wright Hearts David Pleat
3 years ago
Reply to  tapps

And Quincy?! ;D