Former Ghana international Shilla Illiasu has opened up on his failed move to join English Premier League side Arsenal.
The Ex-Kotoko defender in an interview with TV3 admitted his regret for not signing the deal after going close to joining the London club.
“When the opportunity to play for Arsenal came, I was in doubt. I didn’t think my dream was coming to pass. I love Arsenal.”
“After our game against Czech, I was at the hotel when my agent came to me and said ‘Shilla, gradually we are getting close; Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger was at the stadium and so, after the tournament you are going to Arsenal for trials’, the 37-year-old is quoted by footballGhana.
Having impressed during the two weeks trial, Shilla Illiasu maintained he has no knowledge why the deal fell through.
“I went to Arsenal for two weeks. I nearly signed a deal. I remember Ghana’s game against Togo in London, I came to the match and saw a journalist and he said ‘Shilla, congratulations you have been given the number 27 jersey to represent Arsenal’.
“Kolo Touré was there and he also said ‘sign what are you waiting for’ and I told him I was waiting for my agent. If you ask me what really went wrong, I can’t tell. I really regret not signing for Arsenal, ”
The former defender was part of Ghana’s team at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He played Ghana premier league side King Faisal before joining Asante Kotoko.
He marked his senior debut for Ghana in an international friendly against Jamaica where he came on as a substitute for Samuel Osei Kuffuor.