Liverpool midfielder Ovie Ejaria has admitted he was shocked to find out he had been released by Arsenal as a youngster.
Ejaria, 18, spent nine years with the Gunners after joining at the age of seven, but was let go by the club in 2014 before moving to Liverpool.
"It was tough," Ejaria told the Liverpool Echo. "And it came as a bit of a shock, to be honest.
"But I was fortunate enough to have offers from a number of clubs at different levels, some others in the London area and some up north too....
Arsene Wenger must have allowed himself a slight smile when he looked at the lineups for the Manchester and London derbies in the EFL Cup on Wednesday.
With Wenger having rested nearly all of his regular starters for the 2-0 win over Reading on Tuesday, it was clear some of his biggest Premier League rivals couldn't afford the same luxury.
Jose Mourinho fielded a full-strength Manchester United side against crosstown rival City, with counterpart Pep Guardiola also including a handful of first-choice...
Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson is determined to prove he is good enough for the Gunners after making his comeback from a long-term injury.
Jenkinson, 24, who has been an Arsenal fan since childhood, played 90 minutes in the 2-0 EFL Cup win over Reading on Tuesday -- his first match since tearing knee ligaments in January. It was also his first Arsenal appearance in 898 days after spending the last two seasons on loan at West Ham.
And while he will struggle to displace Hector Bellerin as Arsenal's...