Arsenal have one of the best academy in the United Kingdom, as evidenced by the calibre of players churned out from their Youth set up.
Tottenham’s Harry Kane would have been a Gunner and a product of the Club’s academy but for his “chubby and not very athletic”, nature, this is according to former youth academy boss Liam Brady.
The eagle eye Arsenal scouts spotted Harry Kane while he was in Ridgeway Rovers and they signed him back in 2001 but having failed to impressed by their standards, he was released after a year.
He proceeded to join Watford before moving in with Tottenham Hotspurs in 2004.
Dubbed as the most deadly striker in the Premier League, Kane has consistently proved his mettle since the penultimate season and his performance has only improved from season to season.
Ex-Arsenal youth academy manager Liam Brady is ruing the decision to let Kane leave Arsenal, with claims that he was sold off sake of his weight.
Brady told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “Unfortunately yes.
“He was chubby and not very athletic, but we got it wrong.
“Even Tottenham loaned him out to the lower leagues three or four times though.
“But he’s building a great career thanks to his determination and he deserves it.
“Kane has a character which drives him to constant improvement.
“After [Lionel] Messi, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Robert] Lewandowski there’s him – the numbers tell you that and he’s only 24.”
Kane compounded the misery of Arsenal this season when he found the back of the net in the NLD game quelled the possibility of the Gunners ending the season in top four of the League table.
The 24-year-old striker revealed last week that he is still pained by how he was treated by Arsenal.
“It’s funny how things work out — as it was after playing for Watford against Tottenham that I got the opportunity to join Tottenham’s youth academy,” he said.
“The white kit fitted better on me, I think.
“I remember the first time we played against Arsenal and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.
“It might sound ridiculous — I was only eight when they let me go — but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong.’
“For me, the rejection is the best thing that ever happened to me.”