It was like watching Nwankwo Kanu in his youth, as the striker scored a hat trick in Arsenal Legends 4-2 win over Milan Glorie.
The Super Eagles legend opened the scoring in the 27th minute, as he rose higher than anyone to head in Petit’s cross. Three minutes later and he could have doubled the lead, only to send it over the crossbar.
In the 37th minute, Milan equalised thanks to Vieri. Kanu’s second goal of the match came in the 69th minute and he made use of his head again, glad to see he hasn’t forgotten how to use it.
Kanu completed his hattrick, after converting from the spot, with 11 minutes left on the clock. Ljungberg took us back in time, as he dinks a ball through a crowd of three Milan defenders and beats them for pace. The Swede squares for an unmarked Pires who duly converts from close-range.
With two minutes left in regular time, Milan were handed a penalty and Vieri stepped up to convert. Vieiri’s penalty is saved by Lehmann but he scored with his rebound.
The match ended 4-2. Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Kolo Toure all featured for the home side while Wenger and Fabio Capello took charge of the respective squads in a match which is expected to raise £1 million for the Arsenal Foundation’s mission to build pitches for children in London, Jordan and Somalia.