Arsenal failed in an try to signal Stewart Downing in 2011, and the now 37-year-old has now explained why that transfer by no means occurred. The Englishman loved a comparatively profitable profession, having profitable spells with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa earlier than making a big-money £20million transfer to Liverpool a decade in the past. Arsenal had been linked with a transfer for Downing again then, however he’s now explained why a deal by no means materialised. Speaking on the Under the Cosh podcast, Downing explained that at 27 years previous, he wanted to transfer on from Villa for an even bigger problem, particularly after listening to about Liverpool’s curiosity. He even acknowledged that former Villa and Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier inspired him to signal for the membership as he’d take pleasure in it on Merseyside. Nevertheless, Villa’s proprietor wanted the cash for private causes. Two Premier League giants in Arsenal and Liverpool had been after the winger, however he’s since explained why he moved to Liverpool and never north London.
“The Arsenal factor got here round, there have been whispers in the background however nothing concrete,” he mentioned. “When I went to Liverpool, Damien Comolli was there, the director of soccer, and he’d labored with [Arsene] Wenger at Arsenal a few years earlier than when [Patrick] Vieira and them came visiting. “He mentioned to me, ‘we’ve bought to get this deal finished fast as a result of they [Arsenal] need to signal you’ however they needed to promote [Samir] Nasri first. “They had been going to promote him to [Manchester] City, to purchase me. But I mentioned, no I would like to go to Liverpool actually. I’m a die-hard Liverpool fan, I really like Liverpool, and it was concrete, I’m going there.” Arsenal had been nonetheless paying off stadium money owed on the time, and wanted to promote gamers earlier than they might convey gamers in. Rate Arsenal’s summer time signings in the survey under! Luckily for Downing, every little thing labored out as he needed, largely as a result of Fenway Sports Group (FSG) didn’t fiddle when it got here to getting offers finished on the time. “As it performed out, Nasri left on transfer deadline day. He really performed towards Liverpool in the second recreation of the season after which left. That might’ve fallen via and I might’ve been at Villa,” he added. “They [FSG] simply went ‘bang we’ll pay’. “They did it with different offers that got here in, Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, large cash. They needed it yesterday. They weren’t there to fiddle.”