Tottenham Hotspur trophy winner Stephen Carr says he rejected Arsenal

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Tottenham stalwart Stephen Carr said he chose the club ahead of Arsenal.

Former Tottenham Hotspur full back Stephen Carr has revealed he rejected the chance to sign for Arsenal.

Speaking to Golden Boot TV, Carr explained how as a youngster he decided Spurs were the best club for him, spurning Arsenal's advances.

Carr signed for Tottenham as a 15-year-old, and made his debut in 1993/94, spending a decade at the club, going onto make 272 appearances in total.

He said: "I could have signed for Arsenal. Tottenham in them days was very different with Venables, it was so relaxed. Moving from Dublin I fitted in perfect, that made my mind up."

Carr, now retired, went onto describe the best managers he played under as Glenn Hoddle and George Graham, both from his time at Tottenham.

He left Spurs in 2004 to sign with Newcastle United, and later moved to Birmingham City.

The Republic of Ireland international won the League Cup with Tottenham in 1999, before winning it again with Birmingham in 2011, but suffered relegation with the Blues that same season, going down after failing to win at White Hart Lane, a situation he described as the 'worst experience' of his career.

Arsenal's loss was certainly Tottenham's gain, with the right-back twice voted into the PFA Team of the Year.

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