Nwankwo Kanu joined Arsenal from Inter Milan in the summer of 1999, and went on to make 119 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.
Widely regarded as one of the best players in the history of African football, Kanu also represented Ajax, West Bromwich Albion and Portsmouth during a successful career.
The forward actually only scored 37 Premier League goals during his time at Arsenal, but he is still remembered as a cult hero by the majority of the club’s supporters.
Standing at 6ft 5inches tall, Kanu was a towering figure. He captained Nigeria for 16 years between 1994 and 2010, and retired at the end of the 2011-12 campaign following a spell at Portsmouth which had seen him score 20 league goals in 141 appearances.
Kanu won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups during his time at Arsenal, and there is no question that he made a big impression at the London club.
Arsenal’s official Twitter account paid tribute to the now 41-year-old on Tuesday, and the club’s supporters were on hand with their own words of praise.
A selection of the Twitter reaction from the Arsenal fans, who have also recently been reacting to rumours of Mikel Arteta replacing Arsene Wenger as head coach, can be seen below:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) April 24, 2018
— TheArseneView (@TheArseneView) April 24, 2018
Papilo… Your memories will remain ever green…… 👏 👏.. You've paid your dues, you deserve some accolades… @papilokanu
— Oluchukwu (@kosidboy) April 24, 2018
Kanu greatest african striker to grace this earth
— W-Ramzil (19 Days Of AW) 🇹🇹🇬🇧 (@Wayne_Writes) April 24, 2018
Underrated player at Arsenal
— Joshua 🇳🇬 (@big_man_joshy) April 24, 2018
My favourite Kanu goal was convincing everyone he was 5 years younger than he actually was to become a professional footballer!
Congrats Kanu! Shame you retired so young x
— Empy J (@CapableOfFlight) April 24, 2018
One of my fav Arsenal players..KANUUUUUUUU!!!!!
— Fabba (@The_Real_Fabba) April 24, 2018
Against Tottenham, no contest! What a player. Another Wenger gem.
— Nick Eleftheriou (@23nickthegreek) April 24, 2018