“I just thought I couldn’t say no to them and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It was one of the best decisions I ever made." the 31-year-old said.
, youngest ever goalscorer during his first season playing forArsenal
, talked about the two offers he got fromLiverpool
back when he played inSouthampton
He was brought into
's squad in January 2006 and became one of the important players of the team.
He won three FA cups and scored 108 times in 398 appearances made for Arsenal.
However, if he had accepted to join Chelsea or Liverpool, he might have had experienced a totally different career life. He said:
“Chelsea came in, so did Liverpool and Arsenal. It was one thing that my idol was there – Thierry Henry. Plus Arsene Wenger gave so many opportunities to young players.
“I just thought I couldn’t say no to them and I wouldn’t change it for the world. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
“As soon as I walked in, the first person I saw was Henry. I thought, ‘Bloody hell!’ I looked so starstruck. Then Robert Pires comes in, then Freddie Ljungberg, Sol Campbell, Ashley Cole. I was like a kid with his autograph book.
“I’ve never changed from that little kid up to now.”
He also talked about one of the great players he has ever played with and named
Robin van Persie
“The best team I’ve played in was when Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie were on song with each other and me in there as well. I remember one season I set up around 14 of Van Persie’s 30-odd goals. For me, them two in a team, with me as well, was one of the best. That’s including England. My greatest team-mate would have to be Van Persie. For me, he was the best finisher I’ve ever seen, he was better than Thierry Henry, he made it look so easy.
“If you gave it to him, he would score for you. He was a dream to play with, I don’t think there will be a player like him ever again.”
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