The former Arsenal U16s skipper hasn't looked back since, charging through the gears to impress for the youth, reserve and now the senior side.
Carruthers told Villa's website: "I just didn't feel like I was ever a favourite at Arsenal and people were always put in front of me.
"It was a good club to come up through. Everyone asks me why I left and say it's crazy but at the end of the day look where I am now. I'd got people in front of me and I hardly ever felt like I was getting a chance there. I don't think I'd have been anywhere near a debut if I'd have stayed at Arsenal.
"I had a week's trial at Villa, they seemed to like what they saw and from there it went on. Before I came I didn't really know too much about Villa, but when I arrived and saw the facilities I was very impressed.
"It's a family club, so I really wanted to come here, my heart was set on it and I've got no regrets."