"When I was at Arsenal I lost my love for the game. I sat down one day and thought: 'I go to work, yet I don't want to'," he told the News of the World. "I didn't want to train every day and I didn't like football.
"I wasn't playing games at Arsenal and I wasn't enjoying the day-to-day banter and the environment I was in.
"When you you're not enjoying yourself it doesn't matter whether you are at a top club or not. If you don't enjoy your time, what's the point?
"It crossed my mind that football might not be for me. I thought about what I really wanted to do.
"It was more about finding another club to re-discover my hunger and I have found that at Blackburn.
"I've found that love of the game again."