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.”
— robert pires (@piresrobert7) September 3, 2016
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!”
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!”
Ten years later… pic.twitter.com/BmxTkzebSs
— Jens Lehmann (@jenslehmann) September 5, 2016
“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!”
Did I used to play with this lady? pic.twitter.com/c6pRWzFOPf
— Lee Dixon (@LeeDixon2) September 3, 2016
“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.”
— Martin Keown (@martinkeown5) September 3, 2016