'Arsenal move didn't appeal' - Boadu happy with Gunners snub

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The 17-year-old forward had the opportunity to head for Emirates Stadium in 2016 but decided his ongoing development would be better served at AZ

AZ striker Myron Boadu is happy with his decision to snub a switch to Arsenal, with the 17-year-old admitting a move to Emirates Stadium “did not appeal”.

The talented teenager gave plenty of thought to a transfer back in 2016, with the Gunners making their interest known.

Arsenal are forever in the market for exciting players with bags of potential, with that recruitment philosophy having served Arsene Wenger well during his iconic reign in north London.

The Frenchman was, however, unable to tempt Boadu away from the Netherlands.

Boadu believed his development would be better served in his homeland and has seen that decision vindicated by regular senior football and three goals already in the 2018-19 campaign.

On turning down a move to England, the youngster told Elf Voetbal: “I will never forget the moment I got on the plane, I thought, ‘This may be an important day in my life’.

“If we had said yes, it would have had far-reaching consequences for our family.

“It was attractive to go, but I also got a very good offer from AZ.”

He added on having no regrets: “I’m playing in the first team now.

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“I do not know if that would have been the case at Arsenal, where I would play with boys of my own age, which did not appeal to me.”

Boadu made his competitive debut for AZ in May during a 6-0 victory over PEC Zwolle.

He has since done enough to earn a regular starting role, with the Netherlands U17 international now considered to be one of the hottest prospects in the Eredivisie.

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