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Chelsea Striker: I Almost Signed For Arsenal
New Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o has been recalling the time he almost signed for Arsenal and claims turning us down may have been the best decision of his life, according to Sky Sports News.
The Cameroonian hitman started out as a promising teenager who wasn’t being given a chance at Real Madrid and after loan spells at Leganes and Espanyol, he decided it was time to leave the Bernabeu on a permanent basis.
Arsene Wenger came calling in 2000 seemingly willing to give him a chance to compete with the likes of Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp for a starting spot up front at Arsenal. The striker was on the verge of making the move to Highbury but Eto’o claims he decided to join Mallorca at the last minute after holding talks with then manager Luis Aragones, and he feels this was the best decision of his life.
“I met Luis at a crucial moment in my life where I had to take the right direction – and thanks to him I did,”
“I was about to sign that very afternoon at Arsenal and maybe I would have never been the player I am today.
“Luis picked me, then I ended up joining Barcelona. That decision changed everything.” Eto’o is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News
Eto’o spent three years at Mallorca before joining Barcelona and went on to win two Champions League titles with the Spaniard’s before lifting the trophy once again at Inter Milan, so you’d have to concede he’s made the most of his career and it seems the decision to snub Arsenal was the right one.
But we’ll never know how things would have worked out had he made the move to north London back in 2000. Thierry Henry was still finding his feet at the time and perhaps if we had signed Eto’o, the Frenchman may never have gone on to become (arguably) the greatest player in our history and forge a sensational partnership with Bergkamp.
So while I appreciate the player Eto’o became, I wouldn’t have swapped him for Henry or the Henry/Bergkamp partnership in a million years.
Are you disappointed we missed out on Eto’o? Or are you glad how things worked out?