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EPL: Enyeama Reveals Reason He Rejected Arsenal

EPL: Enyeama Reveals Reason He Rejected Arsenal


Former Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, Vincent Enyeama, has revealed that he rejected offers from English Premier League (EPL) clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur because he was desirous of regular playing time.

Allnews reports that according to Enyeama, both London clubs wanted him as a second choice goalkeeper which was not his impulse.

The 37-year-old said he was keen on having more minutes on the pitch, and his snub prompted Arsenal to sign Colombian David Ospina, who joined Napoli permanently last year after impressing on loan.

“Arsenal wanted me as a second choice, but I was not interested,” Enyeama told ESPN recently.

“I also had an offer from Tottenham Hotspur that wanted me as a second choice, and I was not interested.

“It was after the 2006 AFCON and then again around the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

"When I turned them down, Arsenal now went on to sign David Ospina.

“For me, I was at the stage where I preferred playing even if it was for one of the smallest clubs.

“That’s what the agents that were involved told me, that Arsene Wenger wanted me at Arsenal, but he is not so sure because of my height and things like that.

“People have their choices, and I respect their choices,” he said.

READ ALSO: Enyeama Open To Move To South Africa

With 101 caps, Enyeama is Nigeria's most capped player of all time.

The former Enyimba man - a winner of the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2013 - is widely regarded as one of the best shot-stoppers to have ever come out of Africa.

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