Malen was branded overweight by former Arsenal youth chief Andries Jonker, now in charge of Telstar, during his time with the Gunners.
"I heard him say that I came in too fat. That surprised me," Malen recalls to AD.
"They had been working at Arsenal for two months when I came. Then of course you are not immediately at the same level.
"I was not fit yet, but too fat? No."