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West Ham captain Noble has no regrets leaving Arsenal

West Ham captain Mark Noble says he's never regretted turning down an offer from Arsenal.

The midfielder revealed that he decided not to extend his contract as a boy with Arsenal.

“If things had gone differently for me, I could have actually ended up an Arsenal player," he wrote in his column with the London Evening Standard.

“I was nine years old, playing for my local junior side and already a West Ham fan when a scout, Ronnie Joyce, took me over to Arsenal.

“Liam Brady was there, overseeing their academy, and I really enjoyed it. The facilities were great, but from my house in Canning Town over to north London was a nightmare journey for my dad.

"I've never regretted (leaving) that decision for a moment, but the one thing I would say about Arsenal are a club I have always admired," he said.

“They are a class act, even down to small details like the away changing room, and their business model is also incredible.

“Compared to the other London clubs, I do feel they have an advantage in attracting players, especially from abroad."

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