Super Eagles: Former goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama reveals the one reason he snubbed Arsenal

Former Super Eagles goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama, has revealed the only reason he refused signing for Arsenal while he was at the peak of his career.

Enyeama, who displayed a memorable performance at the 2014 World Cup against Argentina, a game Nigeria lost 1-0, was reportedly on the radar of  Arsenal.

Enyeama says he rejected Arsenal and Tottenham because of one specific reason.

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“Arsenal wanted me for second choice, but I was not interested. I also had an offer from Tottenham that wanted me for second choice also and I wasn’t interested,” Enyeama told ESPN..


“It was after the 2006 Nations Cup and then again around the 2014 World Cup. When I turned them down, that is when they [Arsenal] took David Ospina.

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“For me, I was at the stage where I preferred playing even if it was for one of the smallest teams. That is what the agents that were involved told me. That Arsene (Wenger) wanted me but he is not so sure because of my height and things like that.

“People have their choices and I respect their choices.”

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Enyeama, a Nations cup winner with the Super Eagles,  joined Bnei Yehuda in 2005, a club in Isreal before moving to Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2007 where he spent four years before moving to France in 2011- where he spent seven years at Lille winning the Prix Marc-Vivien Foé prize of Best African player in Ligue 1, in 2014.