Kanu made a hilarious mistake before Arsenal Legends match

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Referee Howard Webb was forced to delay kick-off at the start of this afternoon’s Arsenal Foundations Legends Match because of Nwankwo Kanu.

The Nigerian striker, who played for the Gunners between 1999 and 2004, was part of the Arsenal Legends team that took on ‘Milan Glorie’ at the Emirates Stadium.

However, Arsene Wenger had named the 40-year-old as a substitute, rather than a starter, and this caused much hilarity as Kanu clearly didn’t have a clue he was supposed to be on the bench. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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Kanu made his way onto the pitch, presumably thinking he was in the starting line-up, but Webb delayed kick-off after noticing the Gunners had 12 players on the pitch.

The Arsenal coaching staff waved Kanu off the pitch and the striker looked genuinely gutted as he trudged towards the dugout.

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Gilberto, who did start the match, put an arm around his former teammate and led him off the pitch.

Kanu then applauded the fans before holding his hands out as if to say ‘what’s going on?’ to the backroom staff.

Video: Kanu’s hilarious mistake

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Kanu scored with his first touch

Kanu entered the fray in the 25th minute...

And he scored with his very first touch!

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