Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey claims he has zero regrets after snubbing Manchester United to join the Gunners back in 2008.
Old adversaries Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson were both keen on signing the player who was regarded as one of the best players outside of the Premier League at that time.
But Ramsey felt that United had “too many midfielders” at the time and chose to move to the Emirates rather than Old Trafford.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Ramsey said: “The main factor in joining Arsenal was meeting with Arsene Wenger and to hear what his plans were for me.
“He has brought through so many youngsters and given them opportunities and turned them into great players. They flew me over there to have a meeting with him. I was overwhelmed. I was 17 and one of the best managers in the world wants to meet me face to face.”
“It was definitely a hard choice to make at my age, but I’ve no regrets, I think I made the right choice.
“I felt more wanted at Arsenal, I felt the plan was better for me and they gave youngsters more opportunities. Manchester United also had a lot of midfielders at the time as well.”
Many were surprised when Ramsey put club allegiances aside when he signed for Arsenal, especially given United had just completed an emphatic league and European Cup double as the 22-year-old is a known United fan.
Ramsey has made over 140 appearances for Arsenal, and despite suffering a horrific leg break which curtailed his progress, is regarded as one of the clubs better midfield players. However, given United’s continued search for a decent box-to-box player, a move could have benefited both parties.
Now seen as a first team player by Wenger, it is unsurprising to hear Ramsey claim he has no doubts over signing for Arsenal despite a testing period for the club on the field. However, it must grind him to know that he could have won a raft of first-team honours had he made a switch to United in 2008.