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Chiellini: I was a fool to decline Arsenal offer

Thu 04 February 2021 | 10:48

Juventus star talks about his lost opportunity to play in the Premier League.

Giorgio Chiellini

joined

Juventus

in 2005, and has become an icon at the club. The Italian has won 9 Serie A title and 4‌ Coppa Italia trophies with the team and has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world football.

The Juve legend, however, had the chance to join the Premier League club,

Arsenal

when he was 16 but he decided to turn them down to stay at

Livorno

.

"In hindsight, I was a fool to decline that offer. I was 16, I played in Serie C, I got a huge offer.”

Chiellini said.

"I didn't feel ready. If I had accepted, it would have given the impression of betraying Livorno."

Robin van Persie

spent eight seasons with the Gunners but failed to win the Premier League title with the team. In fact, according to an interview with the Dutchman, he seems to have considered Arsenal's most important weakness at the time as defense.

"At a given moment I felt called upon to say what Arsenal could do better in order to win the league. I felt we lacked a winning mentality, and asked Arsene Wenger to sign Giorgio Chiellini.”

van Persie said.

"I have played against him a few times, and he is a genuine winner.

"He is 36 years old, but he'll dish out nine elbows every game with a smile on his face. He'll keep smiling and never get a yellow card. You need those types of winners and killers in your side. I felt we should get him.”

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