Germany defender Antonio Rudiger has revealed that he has supported Arsenal since he was a child, and also told the German press that he dreams of moving to the Premier League, as reported by Sport Witness.
His interest in Arsenal stretches back to the days of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry, suggesting that he has an emotional connection with the side.
In fact, despite playing professionally for VFB Stuttgart, Rudiger is keen to stress that he supports Arsenal, saying that he has the club’s shirt with Alexis Sanchez’s name on the back.
Rudiger is clearly interested in a switch to the Premier League, having previously told the press about the honour that he feels at having an enquiry made for him by Manchester United.
He also revealed that he dreams of playing in the Premier League.
Given that Rudiger has emerged as one of the top young defenders in European football, it will not be a surprise if an array of top flight sides now target him for moves in the near future.
When asked about the Man Utd switch in August, Rudiger said “The enquiry honours me, it makes me proud. But I focus on the VFB, and I will continue to grow. What might happen sometime in the future, I do not know. This is of course a top international address. And they play in the league of which I dream.”
He recently added: “I have been following [Arsenal] since the days of Bergkamp and Henry, since I was a child. I watched videos on YouTube of Arsenal… I have the current Alexis Sanchez shirt.”
Discussing the Premier League, he also said: “This is the league that I dream of.”