Tottenham-linked Andy Najar describes Arsenal as his 'future team'

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The highly-rated Anderlecht winger has dreamed of a move to the Gunners since watching Thierry Henry in Premier League action.

Andy Najar might have been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur this winter but the Anderlecht winger has told La Prensa that a switch to Arsenal remains his dream transfer.

Najar, 22, was speaking after helping Honduras seal a place in the summer’s Gold Cup with two goals in a 3-0 win over French Guyana in San Pedro Sula, reversing a 3-1 first-leg deficit in the process.

The 21-times capped international has gone from strength to strength since moving to Anderlecht from D.C. United in 2013, becoming a regular in the side which won the 2013-14 league title, and the Daily Star reported that Tottenham were one of a number of clubs weighing up a £4 million bid in the recent transfer window.

Najar even trained with Spurs in December 2011, when he cited Gareth Bale as a great influence on his development, but the 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year has now revealed that he’d prefer a move to their north London rivals because of another big-name star.

“I would like to go to England,” he said when asked about his future. “I've always had a team in England, which has been my dream. I know I'm about to fulfil it; I just need a little [more time], then God will fulfil it.

Pressed on who this “dream team” are, he responded: “Arsenal. It is my dream. I keep that in mind because since I was little I liked Thierry Henry. While he was playing for Arsenal, I always had this dream of joining them.

“[The Premier League] is a very good and competitive league. Over there, there are no small teams so I would be alongside all the great players.”

Arsenal should in fact be more than familiar with Najar, after he opened the scoring in their narrow 2-1 Champions League win over Anderlecht in October, during a performance which earned him widespread praise from the Belgian press.

While the emerging wide man has spent a fair amount of his Anderlecht career at right-back, he was starting in his preferred position on the wing against the Gunners and believes he has proved with his European showings this season that he can succeed in a bigger league.

“With the qualities that I have, I can reach another big team and succeed,” he added. “One must always be positive. There are people who will tell you that you don’t belong in a team or you'll be on the bench but you simply have to work.

“[Playing in the Champions League] is everything you want as a player. It is one of the best competitions in the world. One always imagines that, but everything has its time. Thank God mine arrived.

“When I scored, I celebrated with everything and I noted it was at Arsenal – my future team.”

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