Stevenage striker Luke Freeman: Arsenal was making of me

Stevenage starlet Luke Freeman has no regrets over his time at Arsenal. Freeman quit the Gunners last month and lines up against Tottenham today in the FA Cup.

Stevenage starlet Luke Freeman has no regrets over his time at Arsenal.

Freeman quit the Gunners last month and lines up against Tottenham today in the FA Cup.

"Arsenal made me the player I am today, technically and tactically. I’d pick things up by watching the other players. Cesc Fabregas was definitely an inspiration, Robin van Persie as well. Emmanuel Eboue was a nice guy, always helping the youngsters out, talking to them and giving them boots if they needed them," Freeman told the Mail on Sunday.

"If you wanted to ask any of them for advice, you wouldn’t feel uncomfortable. I’m expecting to get a few texts from the Arsenal boys asking me to put one over on Spurs.

"We had a great youth team with Wilshere, Emmanuel Frimpong and Jay Emmanuel Thomas and I didn’t feel out of place. But some players get their big chance before others.

"People might say I was a bit mad to leave Arsenal, but I looked at it as a teenager trying to get as much first-team experience as I can. I didn’t want to get to the age where I was 21, 22 without any experience of League football.

"Sooner or later, I might be able to get back in the Premier League. That is where I see myself in five years."

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