BLOW! “I don’t want to be at the Emirates” – midfielder rejects Arsenal deal

Arsenal are very well known for their propensity to acquire talented youngsters and transform them into professional.

However, reports have indicated that Liverpool youngster Ovie Ejaria turned down an offer from Arsenal in favour of the Reds.

Ejaria, an Arsenal supporter, spent nine years at the Gunners academy and was offered a scholarship to extend his stay in 2014.

But the England Under-20 international, then aged 16-years-old, decided to turn down the deal after receiving a number of offers.

His decision has obviously been justified after joined Liverpool.

“I was offered a scholarship at Arsenal and I chose to turn it down,” Ejaria told Liverpool’s website.

“I had opportunities to go to different clubs. I had a look at Liverpool and it was the only club I went to, because I enjoyed it a lot.”

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, known for giving youngsters a chance in his first-team, handed Ejaria his senior debut in the EFL Cup 3-0 win over Derby in September.

The 19-year-old, who impressed Klopp during the club’s pre-season, has now featured in six first-team outings for Liverpool.

He added: “In my first season, I was with the Under-18s and trained with the Under-21s sometimes. In my second season, I was with the Under-18s and played a few games with the Under-21s as well.

“Then my third season, I was with the Under-23s for the first day of pre-season, training normally, and then I got told after the session I was at Melwood the next morning.”


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