Back in 2017, a random footballer turned up at London Colney, camped outside, and tried to get Arsene Wenger’s attention. Now he’s back, talking about what happened.

Achille Degan
Achille Degan

This isn’t the first time that Achille Degan has told this story, but for some reason he’s back in the papers in France this weekend.

In 2017, Degan camped outside London Colney before meeting Wenger and trying to swing a trial.

Ouest France 19 October 2019

Now, the winger has been going over it all again and it’s such a bizarre story I thought it worth covering again.

“It is in 2016-2017,” Degan told Ouest France. “I was in London. Sometimes I slept in my car. The first time, in front of the training centre for Arsenal, I stayed from 9.30am to 5pm, with the desire to meet Arsène Wenger.

“A day on the bus in the direction of Conley, I meet a person. He is a journalist for the Daily Star. I make it part of my goal. A few days later, my sister calls me one morning to tell me that an article was published in London on me, with a photo.

“The coach Wenger arrived.

“He is in a car. He stops, opens his window. I tell him: I want to play at Arsenal, Mr Wenger. He asked me for my CV. I refuse because it must be hundreds. He advises me to find a club.

“I made the observation that the system, to gain access to a club, it is the piston. There must be an agent. Alone, it is impossible. I am 27 years old. I’m in a good club in Vannes. But this is not finished. Also, I have a French journalist who was following me still, and me filming from the article published in the Daily Star. I can also be selected with the national team of Benin.

“As long as there is hope…”

Degan currently plays for OC Vannes whom he joined in the October following his summer camping trip. He has played 43 minutes this season – in the Coupe de France.

Vannes play in the French fourth tier.