Shea relishes Arsenal experience

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USA international Brek Shea has revealed that discussions did not take place with Arsenal over a possible future move to the capital.

The FC Dallas winger agreed to a short-term spell with the Gunners during the MLS off-season, and impressed on the club's London Colney training ground whilst in north London recently.

However, the purpose of the spell was not to give Arsene Wenger a possible advantage in any subsequent transfer race, but gain some vital experience in an effort to move to 'the next level'.

"We didn't really talk about that," Shea told in reference to a move.

"They were just trying to get me better [right now]. It definitely showed me what it takes to play at the next level.

"The experience helped me a lot about certain situations [on the field] and I learned from it."

A training spell in the capital was instigated, in part, by the involvement of national team manager Jurgen Klinsmann, who urged the talented former IMG Soccer Academy starlet to gain some vital experience abroad.

The former German international striker, himself a hero in north London after a successful spell with Spurs in the 90s, believes his American players can improve by spending time in Europe or South American, and picking up different styles of play to bring back to their homeland.

"What he (Shea) needs is consistency and he needs is to work 24/7 on what he's doing. What he needs to do is improve on many levels, but he has a lot of talent and that is why European clubs are looking at him," said Klinsmann prior to the link-up.

"You need to move out of your comfort zone, you need to move out of your environment. That's the way you learn. So if you go to England or you go to Germany or Brazil to train, the key is that you are getting out there and getting experiences."

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