The 20-year-old claims the decision was a no-brainer and a perfect opportunity to stay in London with his parents.
"I said 'Drive me there now' as soon as I knew they were interested.
"It felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
"Manchester United were keen but when you're 13 and living in London with your parents, it was a no-brainer.
"We played Arsenal in a friendly at under-13s and they said they'd take me.
"They were my team growing up because my idol was Patrick Vieira.
"I always watched his game and studied what he did."
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