Former Ghana attacker Quincy Owusu-Abeyie has revealed a big role Arsenal played in his career.
The ex-Black Stars winger spent four years at the English Club coming through from the youth ranks to the senior team.
Owusu-Abeyie joined Arsenal in 2003 from Dutch side Ajax and was natured by the English giants before making his way into the first team where he played a little role in their remarkable achievement in 2004 where they went unbeaten in the English Premier League.
The 33-year-old who is now an entertainer reveals he was saved by Arsenal or could have ended up on the streets.
“If it wasn’t for Arsenal, maybe I would have led definitely a different life,” Quincy told The Athletic. “Maybe I would have just a normal nine to five, maybe I would have been a street guy, I don’t know… but fortunately I got that phone call.
“I was born and raised in Amsterdam. Bijlmermeer is the area — it’s basically the ‘hood. It wasn’t easy. Sometimes you might be on the block and you might hear a gunshot, or you might hear that someone got stabbed. When I got that phone call, I said ‘Arsenal? Who doesn’t want to play for Arsenal?!
“That moment when I met Arsene Wenger is when it sort of sank in, when I realised… It’s not on TV anymore. So I looked at my agent, and my agent looked at me, and it was like, ‘Boy… I gotta get the job done’.”
The fleet-footed winger went on to play for the likes of Malaga, Panathiniakos and Portsmouth.