Nwanko Kanu hat-trick inspired the Arsenal Legends to victory over Milan

Mirror, UK: A Nwanko Kanu hat-trick inspired the Arsenal Legends to a 4-2 victory over Milan Glorie at the Emirates.

The Gunners faithful were treated to some of the finest talents from the past in the charity game for the Arsenal Foundation.

As well as three from the Nigerian, Robert Pires combined with former wide man Freddie Ljungberg to also register.

Christian Vieri was at the double for the Rossoneri, but it was the Gunners’ day.

Let’s take a look at the Arsenal Legends’ past and where they are now.

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Kanu rolled back the years at the Emirates

David Seaman

The legendary goalkeeper won three league titles and four FA Cups with the Gunners and was last seen as the goalkeeping coac for Non-League outfit Wembley.

David Seaman celebrates
AMA/Getty – David Seaman celebrates an Arsenal goal

Justin Hoyte

Ruthlessly trolled by his own fans, merely lining up for the Arsena Legends could well be a career highlight for the right-back. Now 31, Hoyte was last involved at Dagenham and Redbridge last term.

John Peters/Manchester United via GettyThe Arsenal team wearing the 2004-2005 Arsenal home kit
Arsenal celebrate winning the penalty shoot-out in the 2005 FA Cup final against Man United

Kolo Toure

One of the Invincibles, Toure is still going strong with Celtic and recently helped Brendan Rodgers’ side qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.

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Arsenal Legends line up ahead of kick-off

Martin Keown

A rock at the back for the Gunners during Arsene Wenger’s formative years at the club, now a part-time scout for the club and a pundit for the BBC.

Daily MirrorMartin Keown reaction to Rudd Van Nistelrooy's penalty miss in 2003
Martin Keown celebrates as Arsenal maintain their unbeaten run in 2003

Nigel Winterburn

The no-nonsense left-back racked up 440 league appearances for the Arsenal and is now occasionally seen on Sky Sports News previewing and reviewing the Premier League.

Action Images via ReutersNigel Winterburn in action with Paolo Di Canio
Nigel Winterburn evades Paolo Di Canio’s advances

Ray Parlour

Scorer of that goal at Cardiff, the Romford Pele is now regularly heard on radio, both wit 5 Live and Talksport.

Daily MirrorThierry Henry scores against Manchester united at Highbury in 2000
Ray Parlour celebrates a goal against Man United at Highbury with Thierry Henry

Emanuel Petit

Half of one of the most elegant, yet dominant, midfield partnerships in Premier League history with Patrick Vieira, Petit graced British television screens this summer as a pundit on ITV’s coverage for Euro 2016.

AFP/GettyEmmanuel Petit vies with Marcel Desailly
Emmanuel Petit battles with Marcel Desailly for possession

Gilberto Silva

Another Invincible, Gilberto also enjoyed a glittering career with Brazil, amassing 93 caps and winning the World Cup and Copa America with the Seleção. Recently retired last year after finishing his career with youth side Atletico Mineiro, where he lifted the Copa Libertadores.

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Ray Parlour and Marc Overmars celebrate an Arsenal goal

Marc Overmars

The Dutch wizard lit up the Premier League for years with the Gunners before a big-money move to Barcelona and is now back at Ajax as their director of football.

Robert Pires and Thierry Henry hold the Premier League trophy

Robert Pires

Only recently retired after a brief stint with FC Goa last year, Pires was one of the classiest midfielders English football has ever seen and can now be seen regularly featuring in charity football matches across the globe.

Action Images via ReutersRobert Pires celebrating scoring the fourth Arsenal goal with Luis Boa Morte and Fredrik Ljungberg
Robert Pires celebrates with Luis Boa Morte and Freddie Ljungberg

Freddie Ljungberg

The flamboyant Swede is best known for his goal at Cardiff in the 2-0 victory over Chelsea and is now back at the club coaching the under-16s.

Clive Brunskill /AllsportFredrik Ljungberg wearing the 2000-2002 Arsenal home kit
Freddie Ljungberg celebrates his FA Cup final goal

Nwankwo Kanu

On as a substitute, Kanu grabbed three goals to remind Gunners of his famous moments such as the hat-trick against Chelsea. He is now a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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