Harry Kane sends message to Arsenal fans ahead of Tottenham showdown
Harry Kane explains what it was like to be rejected by Arsenal when he was aged just eight years old
Harry Kane has admitted that Arsenal’s decision to release him as a youth player was one of the best things that could have happened to him in his career.
The England striker has developed into one of Europe’s most prolific forwards at White Hart Lane in recent seasons and he has continued his fine form this term.
Kane has scored 35 goals in all competitions for club and country so far this season and has established himself as one of the most feared forwards in Europe.
The forward was released by Arsenal’s academy when he was just eight years old and he has since become one of the best forwards around at their bitter local rivals Tottenham.
Now, Kane himself has admitted that being released by Arsenal at that age helped him to step his game up and continue to improve.
Speaking to the Players’ Tribune, Kane said: “Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal] was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.
“For me, the rejection is the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Kane will be hoping to find his goal-scoring form once again when Spurs host Arsenal in their crunch Premier League clash at Wembley on Saturday lunchtime.
The Gunners head into the game on the back of their 5-1 win over Everton last weekend, while Tottenham draw 2-2 with Liverpool FC at Anfield.
A win for Arsenal would move them to within just one point of Spurs as the race for Champions League qualification hots up.