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