“Playing for Arsenal is my dream” - Ex-Barcelona starlet Jon Toral

Jon Toral

The Spanish midfielder is on loan at Brentford and has revealed that he is working hard to make it into Arsene Wenger’s first team.

Arsenal have something of a questionable relationship with Barcelona given the number of players that have moved between the clubs.

The likes of Thierry Henry, Marc Overmars, Emmanuel Petit and Alex Song have left the Emirates Stadium to move to Camp Nou, while Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas are just two to have gone the other way.

One lesser-known player to have ditched La Masia for London is Jon Toral, who left the Spanish side at 16 to join Arsenal’s academy.

The midfielder is now 19 and on loan at Brentford and has opened up on his decision to leave Spain and sign for the Gunners.

"I played eight years in Barcelona, ​​from youngest to cadet, and at 16 I got the offer from Arsenal,” Toral revealed to Spanish newspaper Sport.

“As my dream has always been to play in England, I decided to come. I did not hesitate.”

When quizzed on whether his goal was to break into Arsene Wenger’s starting XI, Toral pulled no punches on his long-term ambition.

"Yes, it is. It's my dream and I work hard for it,” he continued.

"In football you never know. Even where will you be next season. Now I'm focused on Brentford and Arsenal next year.”

Toral has not featured in a Premier League match for Arsenal as yet but has been doing well at a Brentford side with lofty ambitions of getting promoted from The Championship this season.

The Spaniard has featured in 15 league games for his loan club this season, starting six of them and scoring two goals.

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