BY OLADUNNI OGUNSANYA / @dhunni
I’ve read some great memories on this site which make me extremely proud to be a Gooner. Before I talk about my Arsenal journey I want to let you know that my childhood was probably very different from many of yours.
Growing up in Nigeria, I never had a traditional family initiation into a football club. My only contact with the game was being bullied by my six brothers into playing goalkeeper whenever they had a kickabout.
I first came across Arsenal after Kanu moved to Highbury. I couldn’t understand his passion and commitment to a club that seemed to keep him away from us, his compatriots, and the Nigerian national team. I felt he needed to be more patriotic. Even when the Gunners paid for his open-heart surgery I still didn’t understand. Looking back now I feel childish about the way I reacted, but I just didn’t understand.