Belgium international Christian Benteke has hinted at a desire to play under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal by declaring his love for them.
The Aston Villa striker won’t have endeared himself to the fans of his new club, but he was unrepentant in admitting his admiration for the Gunners, claiming to have supported them as a child.
Arsenal legend Thierry Henry was also another factor behind the 21-year-old’s love for the Emirates Stadium club
Benteke didn’t go so far as to say he wanted to join Wenger’s side, but he did indicate that he might only be with the Midlands club for a limited time.
“Arsenal are the club I love. I like their philosophy of selecting young players, and besides they had Thierry Henry in their team,” he said.
“For me he is the best player in the world, and he was my boyhood idol.
“I am not afraid of making enemies at Aston Villa by saying I love Arsenal. There are worse things one can say.
“I am a Villa player for now. They are the right club at the right time for me.
“I have fulfilled a dream by getting to play in the Premier League, and now it is all about staying as long as possible. Villa is just the beginning of my career in England.”
Benteke has made a decent start to life in England, scoring four goals in ten appearances for Paul Lambert’s side, but he will likely have to improve a touch before Arsenal decide to come in for him.
The former Genk striker was not doing himself any favours in the interview, indicating his geography skills left a lot to be desired, or at least suggested Villa’s offer was so good he did not need to do a lot of research.
“At the time I signed for Villa I didn’t know where they played. I thought they were a London club!”