He also admitted that had things gone differently, he could have been lining up for one of Arsenal’s biggest rivals.
As a youngster, the tricky midfielder was snubbed by Chelsea for his lack of size, before enduring a similar rejection from Tottenham.
“Yeah. I grew up in an area that should be more Crystal Palace than anything else, but I was an Arsenal fan. I trialled at Chelsea and didn’t get in. Something about me not being big enough, I’ve heard.
“But Arsenal found out and picked me up. They were flexible, too. They knew I lived far away and told me to come in when I could.
“Tottenham showed interest but I stood by Arsenal. They’re my club.”