World Cup Winning Goalkeeper Marcos Reveals He Nearly Joined Arsenal

01/10/2019 1:55 AM

World Cup winning goalkeeper Marcos has revealed that he came close to joining Arsenal back in 2002 in an interview with FourFourTwo magazine.

Marcos was part of the squad that won the 2002 Brazil World Cup squad in Japan and South Korea and he claims he was initially identified as the replacement for David Seaman at Highbury.

“I had the offer, travelled to London, but Palmeiras were going through a tough time in their history, after relegation, and I couldn’t play some of the matches due to injury,” he explained.

“I had the opportunity to join Arsenal, but this was also a chance for me to show the Palmeiras supporters that what I said about loving the club was true.

“I didn’t want to do what many players do: sign a long contract (with Arsenal) – mine was supposed to be five years – and then tell the club I couldn’t adapt, ask to be loaned out, and still earn the club’s money. I don’t think it’s a nice thing to do. That’s why I spoke openly with Arsene Wenger.”