Kelechi Iheanacho’s former manager, Kennedy Ezenwere, has revealed that he blocked the player’s move to Arsenal so he could sign for Manchester City.
The 19-year-old, who scored for City in Arsenal’s 3-2 win on Sunday, was with Taye Academy in Nigeria at the time but Ezenwere believed the player would get more first team opportunities at City which sounds like absolute nonsense if you ask me.
What the club would get, however, is more money. If you think ‘big club playing young players’ you think Arsenal, not City.
“Arsenal were interested in Kelechi but I blocked the move – there was a problem with the agent brokering the deal,” Ezenwere told AllNigeriaSoccer.
“I picked Manchester City ahead of Arsenal not because of money. [yeah, right]
“I knew if he went to Man City he had a better chance of playing there than Arsenal and I have been proved right.
“Kelechi has now become very popular, it wouldn’t have been so if he joined Arsenal.”
I’m not entirely sure how he has been ‘proven right’ that the player gets more time at City than he would have at Arsenal unless he has a parallel universe in which he sold Iheanacho to Arsenal and has been tracking the results.
Arsenal have been in desperate need for another striker for a few years now.
Kelechi Iheanacho got 26 Premier League games for City last season, averaging 29 minutes per game (753′ total). Joel Campbell, whom Arsene Wenger really doesn’t like using, got 883 for Arsenal in the league. Danny Welbeck missed most of the season as well, so it really is hard to see how Iheanacho would have got more minutes at City than Arsenal whatever way you spin it.
Not about the money. Ok, then.