Arsenal attacker Alex Iwobi has declared that he once held talks over the possibility of a scholarship with Celtic when he was younger.
The Nigeria international was unsure of whether he was going to be offered terms by the Gunners, and set about talking to a number of other clubs as he worked on his future, with the Bhoys being among them.
Celtic are no strangers to bringing internationals through their academy, so had Iwobi not been given a scholarship by Arsenal it would not have been the strangest move in the world for him to cross the border and begin his career in Glasgow, even though he would have been very young at the time.
The Nigerian has progressed through the ranks at the Emirates Stadium, and has already made more than 100 appearances for the Gunners’ first team. He is now an important part of the squad under Unai Emery, but as far as the Bhoys are concerned things could have been so much different.
Iwobi has explained in an interview just how close he was to not joining Arsenal, which highlights how near Celtic were to being offered his services.
“I felt that maybe I wasn’t rated at Arsenal but I always felt at home here, so I signed the scholarship forms,” The Evening Standard quote him as saying.
“Then it was all about proving people wrong.”
Given the impact that Iwobi has made in London, had he joined Celtic they would have had something of a superstar on their hands by now.
It was not to be for the Bhoys however, as after first having a trial with Arsenal when he was aged six, he officially became a Gunners three years later, ending any feint chances that the Scottish giants had of him heading through the doors of their own academy.