Hamburg’s Rene Adler reveals Gunners’ approaches.
German international goalkeeper Rene Adler has admitted Arsenal twice tried to sign him as a youngster.
The Hamburg stopper, 28, rejected the chance to join the Gunners as a teenager and again following the under-20 World Cup but hinted he would be interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium in the future.
“When I was 15 there was the opportunity to move to Arsenal, but I decided to go to Leverkusen to get a professional contract there,” he said.
“There was contact after the Under-20 World Cup in the Netherlands. I played against Lionel Messi and some other big names and there was contact with Arsenal.
“It’s a big honour for me if a club like Arsenal are interested in me, but I’ve never talked with Arsene Wenger.”
Despite rejecting the opportunity, Adler hinted he would be interested in joining Arsenal in the future, especially since the arrival of Mesut Ozil.
“It’s different between my time in 2005 and now. There are so many German players who play for arsenal. The supporters love Ozil.
“Maybe I’d like to play in England. You can’t say in football.
“Football in England is some kind of religion. The fans, the culture behind the big clubs is very interesting.”