‘’Zlatan doesn't do auditions"
Those were the words of mercurial, and often controversial, Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on what he said to Arsene Wenger in the year 2000.
At the time, Zlatan was a lanky teen playing for his hometown club Malmo and Arsenal wanted to bring him in to the club.
But then they had the nerve, nay, the audacity to ask the great Zlatan Ibrahimovic, all 19 years of him at the time, to have a trial at the club.
I imagine Zlatan stood up, let out a solitary puff of hilarity before storming out of Arsenal football club committing his famous hobby for roundhousing people on his way out.
‘’Watch out lady here comes Zlatan … and he is pissed!’’
In the end he joined Ajax, and as we all well know, not just because he likes reminding us regularly, turned out to be a pretty decent footballer - playing for the likes of Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.
So this lad is certainly a player who slipped through the net - even if the request of a trial was a perfectly acceptable course of action for Wenger and co. If they weren’t dealing with a player who has a god-complex that would have happily proved themselves over a week - he could have been a Gunner.
But it appears this is not an isolated incident, as a lad called Godfrey might just have a similar god-complex.
Arsenal have recently been linked with Nigerian international defender Godfrey Oboabona - after he shone for the Super Eagles in their triumphant African Nations campaign at the start of the year.
But since he has never played in mainland Europe they decided they wanted to give the Sunshine Stars talent a trial - and Godfrey must have littered the outskirts of his pram with toys just like Zlatan judging by these recent comments:
“Arsenal’s management tell me to come for a trial when I won the African Nations Cup. I think I should be above such requests. It is high time some of these clubs started respecting Nigeria.”
The worry here is that Oboabona goes on to repeat the feats of the Swedish striker. The centre back is certainly full of promise and could possibly go all the way to the top - with some big names in Italy and Russia now said to be monitoring his situation.
But the player should never have expected a straight offer without having to undergo some vetting - no offence but the Nigerian league is not exactly the highest standard of football in comparison to the Premier League.
So good luck to him … but Arsenal would rather he had an average career - and steered clear of Zlatan like super stardom.
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