Harry Kane has once again been crying about Arsenal rejecting him when he was eight.
The Spurs striker still has a chip on his shoulder about the whole affair.
In fact, Kane even credits Arsenal with his success. Not because we trained him to be a good player or anything but because he was so determined to prove the club wrong, he blossomed.
“After Arsenal, I bounced around a bit and went back to play for my local team, and then I was spotted by a scout from Watford who offered me a trial,” Kane told the Players’ Tribune.
“It’s funny how things work out — as it was after playing for Watford against Tottenham that I got the opportunity to join Tottenham’s youth academy. The white kit fit better on me, I think.
“I remember the first time we played against Arsenal … and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder. It might sound ridiculous — I was only eight when they let me go — but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong.'”
That’s bitterness for you. He’s definitely a Spurs man.
For the most part, Gooners are pretty ambivalent over the 24-year-old’s most recent comments.
The England international was eight years old at the time – there was no way the Arsenal coaches would have known that he would go on to be netting 30 goals a season with their north London rivals.
As Reddit user EmtyThe1st says: “Shame on us for not figuring out this specific 8 year old kid with talent surrounded by dozens of other 8 year old kids with talent would turn out to be pretty good 16 years later.
“I bet Ridgeway Rovers are cursing themselves as well.”
Another user, Keskekun, added, “It’s such a ridiculous argument, I’m all for the bantz but unless you have god damn real deal seer in your club there is no way in hell you’d ever know Kane turn out the way he did.”
While Kane is undoubtedly a fantastic striker, there’s a reason Arsenal didn’t want him when he was eight and there’s a reason we never returned for him.
There’s no point getting frustrated about a player we let go while they were still in Junior school.
I’d be interest to see what other clubs have let go of eight-year-olds that have gone on to become decent players… because we never hear about them… Almost as if they’ve all actually moved on with their lives.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
Is that why he took diving lessons
— Steven Southern (@saute_steve) February 5, 2018
How many trophies has he won?
— Hummza (@hummzak) February 5, 2018
Probably the only idiom he knows
— m (@mosvinski) February 5, 2018
Not one of your own then
— JT (@joshtaylor138) February 5, 2018
So, he thought of proving his worth to Arsenal, and turned out to be a quality player because of that. Guess, that makes Arsenal the greatest club. 😂
— Machine Gunner 🛡 (@anilkarthiksidd) February 5, 2018
You may bag loads of goals, but with Tottenham, you’re never going to win a trophy. Arsenal had their worst season last year and still won a trophy. Only trophy you won is the golden boot…
— Kieran Hooper (@khooper323) February 5, 2018
Happy with a trophyless career 😂😂😂
— NOT ARSENE FC !!! (@daviehere) February 5, 2018
if he got released at 8 years old and then just wanted to show Arsenal why they were wrong, then why was he celebrating Arsenal winning the league when he was 10?
— Mr Spike T (@PikesReturn) February 5, 2018
— Rashid LK (@Rashid_LK) February 5, 2018
😂😂😂😂😂😂….mate I’ve been Arsenal since I could walk….ud never catch me celebrating a title Tottenham won at our ground!!!!😂😂😂😂 Even got his hair died like Ljungberg!!!😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/0PdThFsDNP
— BruisedBanana (@_bruisedbanana) February 5, 2018