Arsene Wenger snubs Aubameyang as he names best January signing for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger has named who he believes was his best ever January signing as Arsenal manager – and it's not Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Wenger admits he is not a fan of the January window – and yet during his 22 years as Gunners boss he made some decent new year acquisitions.
Aubameyang is perhaps the one who immediately springs to mind, with the striker having been arguably Arsenal's best player since arriving at the Emirates in January 2018.
The Gabon international made an immediate impact, scoring on his debut in a 5-1 win over Everton, and by the end of the 2017/18 season had registered 10 goals and four assists in his first 13 Premier League games.
The following season he shared the Golden Boot with Liverpool hotshots Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane after they all finished the campaign with 22 league strikes.
And this season he has been comfortably Arsenal's top marksman, with his 17 goals placing him second only to Leicester's Jamie Vardy in the Premier League scoring stakes before the season was brought to a halt by coronavirus.
But for all that he was not Wenger's pick when the legendary former Gunners boss was asked to name his best January signing.
Other candidates could have been Theo Walcott, who played almost 400 games for the Gunners and scored more than 100 goals before joining Everton.
Then there are Emmanuel Adebayor, Jose Antonio Reyes, Andrey Arshavin, Nacho Monreal and Emmanuel Eboue.
But Wenger chose a different player based on the "big impact" he had after signing for the Gunners in 1999.
Posed the question by beIN Sports, the Frenchman said: "Maybe (Nwankwo) Kanu. In the middle of the season. That had a big impact and he was a huge player."
Wenger signing the Nigeria forward on New Year's Day 21 years ago, and it proved an astute move, with Kanu scoring seven goals and two assists in just five starts that season.
Kanu spent five and years at Arsenal, helping the club to two Premier League titles and two FA Cups.
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