Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'o admits he came close to signing for Arsenal ahead of Barcelona in 2000.

Eto'o signed for Chelsea last month.

"I met Luis (Aragones) at a crucial moment in my life where I had to take the right direction - and thanks to him I did," Eto'o told The Sun. "I was about to sign that very afternoon at Arsenal and maybe I would have never been the player I am today.

"Luis picked me, then I ended up joining Barcelona. That decision changed everything."

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