AZ Alkmaar’s 17-year-old striker Myron Boadu has revealed that he came close to joining Arsenal before opting to stay at the Eredivisie club.
The teenager, a Dutch youth international, has enjoyed an impressive start to life in AZ’s first team, scoring three times and grabbing an assist in their opening four games of the season.
Boadu says the fact he’s now playing regular first team football justifies his decision to turn down the Gunners in 2016.
Speaking to Elf Voetball, he explained: “I will never forget the moment I got on the plane, I thought, ‘This may be an important day in my life.’
“If we had said yes, it would have had far-reaching consequences for our family. It was attractive to go, but I also got a very good offer from AZ.”
He added: “I’m playing in the first team now, I do not know if that would have been the case at Arsenal, where I would play with boys of my own age, which did not appeal to me.”
Time will tell if this is a miss for the Gunners. Moving abroad as a teenage striker, settling in new surroundings, earning first team minutes and making an impression, which as an attacker means scoring goals, is ridiculously hard. Very few players have done that at Arsenal in the last two decades. Perhaps he made the right decision…