Brazilian midfielder Luiz Gustavo has reflected on a trial he had at Arsenal when he was 14, as he prepares for life at his new club, Vasco.
Gustavo has recently left his childhood club of Palmeires for Vasco in a bid to reboot his career.
The 23-year-old was once a part of a talented Brazil side that finished runners-up in the u15 South American championships in 2009.
It was in that tournament that he caught the eye of Arsenal, who invited him to a trial. He was just 14 at the time.
“I learned a lot in my time there. It was a fantastic,” he told ESPN.
“I trained with Adebayor, Fábregas, Van Persie, Sagna, Eduardo da Silva, and Denílson.
“I did not speak any English, but I talked a little to everyone through an interpreter. After training, I would go out to dinner with Eduardo and Denílson, they were very good people.”
Gustavo was homesick and returned to Brazil, and spent time on loan at Vitoria before injuries began to hinder his career.
He made just 31 appearances between 2015 and 2017.
These injuries prevented him from making the move to Europe and joining 1860 Munich in Germany.
However, he now seems to be playing games again.
He managed 52 appearances for Palmeires and their B team during 2017.
He’s now at Vasco, where he hopes to remain fit and show the ability that had clubs like Arsenal looking at him when he was very young.