Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi has said he came close to leaving the club to join Celtic as a teenager.
The Nigerian international, who represented England at youth level, has established himself in the first-team at The Emirates since making his debut in 2015, but the situation could have been very different after being told he could leave the club as a 16-year-old in 2012.
Speaking to Arsenal’s match day programme Iwobi revealed how close he came to leaving the club, saying he had offers from the likes of Crystal Palace, Southampton and Celtic.
He said: “My situation was weird.
“There was three of us at the time and we were basically told ‘stay if you want, or if not you are free to go.”
“It was up to me and at that moment I went to the Crystal Palace training ground to see them.
“I had offers from Celtic and Southampton as well. Celtic was the main one but I wasn’t ready to go to Scotland. I thought it was best to stay at Arsenal but I have to say it felt weird.
“I was playing for England but I felt maybe I wasn’t rated. My England team-mates and everyone else was getting in my ear saying that Arsenal don’t love me because they weren’t offering me a deal.
“It was hard especially because at school as well everyone was talking about it.”