For Jeffers, it was the beginning of the end to a promising career.
Jeffers told the Sunday Mirror: “Everton put it out that I had turned down the biggest contract they had ever offered, but that wasn’t true. I wanted to stay, but the club wanted to sell me and get the money.
“I look back now at that Arsenal squad I joined and think ‘how did I ever believe I was going to get in the team’. There was all the fox in the box stuff as well, which added more pressure.
“I still don’t know why Arsene Wenger said that because my game was never just in the six-yard box, but it stuck and I still get it all the time now.
“The injuries were the hardest thing to deal with. Arsenal couldn’t work out what was wrong with my ankle. I cost them £8m to sign and I must have cost them another £8m in medical scans.”