The current Real Sociedad boss David Moyes recently revealed that he was offered the chance to join Arsenal at one point during his playing days, but turned down the opportunity to join Cambridge United instead, according to FourFourTwo.
The former Manchester United manager claims he was approached by former Arsenal boss Terry Neill, who hoped to bring the Scotsman to Highbury.
Neill was only willing to bring him to the club on loan however, so he opted to join Cambridge instead.
“It is [true]. When I tell people they start laughing,” he said.
“Cambridge were in what’s now the Championship. Arsenal manager Terry Neill called me at my house in Glasgow and told me they were going to sign me but, a week later, they called back and said: ‘We’ve decided to take you on loan.’
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“I wasn’t having that, leaving Celtic to go on loan, so I turned it down. Arsenal went on to buy the late Tommy Caton instead. I joined Cambridge and played every week, which I wasn’t doing at Celtic.”
It’s understandable that he would have wanted to secure a permanent move as opposed to simply going on loan temporarily, but to choose a a team like Cambridge United over Arsenal seems like madness.
He never got another offer to join a team the size of Arsenal, and was presumably left ruing his decision.
If he wasn’t playing week in and week out at Celtic however, he was unlikely to ever make it at Arsenal.