Wojciech Szczesny has revealed he was very keen to quit the club in 2010 before he broke into the first team.
The Polish international is now the firm first choice goalkeeper for Arsenal and has already made over 100 Premier League appearances for the club. He has so far played every league game for Arsenal this season, keeping 13 clean sheets thus far - the joint highest in the league.
His impressive form was rewarded in November last year when Arsene Wenger handed him a long-term deal worth £20m to stay at the Emirates until 2018. The deal shows how far the 23-year-old has come since making his debut in 2009.
However, his career at Arsenal almost came to an end before it even started, as Szczesny reveals he was ready to quit north London in search of first team football.
“In 2010, I wanted to leave," Szczesny told Polish newspaper Przeglad Sportowy.
"I was far from the first team and my contract was expiring. That was the only time I was ready to leave. I was ready to play in the first team but I wasn’t even a sub in League Cup.”
Wenger can count himself lucky that he gave Szczesny his chance to impress when he did. With his contract expiring in the 2010/11 season only an injury crisis gave a 19-year-old Szczesny a run in the League Cup.
A man-of-the-match performance against Newcastle United convinced Wenger and Szczesny that the player's long-term future was at Arsenal. After claiming he would sign a life-long deal with Arsenal without hesitation, it looks like Szczesny could finally be the replacement for David Seaman Arsenal have been searching for for over a decade.