Arsenal keeper Shea explains short Southampton spell

Arsenal goalkeeper James Shea has explained his short stay with Southampton.

Arsenal goalkeeper James Shea has explained his short stay with Southampton.

The young goalkeeper joined Southampton on a temporary one-month deal in February but spent just eight days on the south coast before being recalled by Arsenal.

“I was injured at the time and Neil [Banfield] called me to say Southampton had come in for me,” the 19-year-old told Arsenal.com. “He thought it would be a good move for me and I was just coming back from injury so I thought it would be a good move as well.

“Nigel Adkins [the Southampton manager] called me on Thursday night and asked me to go down there on the Friday. So I had a quick rush to get there and sign in the morning because they were travelling up to Rochdale for a game the next day.

“So it was all a bit of a rush! I got down there, was straight on the coach and up in Rochdale within a day. That game got called off but we travelled up to Hartlepool to do a few days training and then drew 0-0 against them.

“I had a day off and when I went in for training the next day they told me Arsenal were recalling me, after eight days, because Emi [Damien Martinez] was injured.”

 
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