Jermaine Jenas wanted to join Arsenal instead of Tottenham

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Jermaine Jenas has admitted that he wanted to join Arsenal instead of Tottenham Hotspur back in 2005.

The former England international was one of the country's brightest prospects at the time and wanted to leave Newcastle United to further his development.

Arsenal had reportedly tried to sign Jenas, but baulked at Newcastle United's £20m asking price. He eventually made the move to north London on the last day of that transfer window, but to White Hart Lane rather than Highbury.

Now, for the first time, Jenas has admitted that he was more keen to link up with Arsene Wenger before eventually agreeing to join Spurs.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "When I was at Newcastle and I was about to leave I wanted to join Arsenal. Obviously, being a Tottenham player for seven years, that's not what Tottenham fans want to hear.

The appeal of Arsene Wenger

"It was all based around the face that at the time, at Newcastle, I didn't feel I was developing in to the player I wanted to become.

"I felt that Arsene Wenger would have been the manager to propel me into the player that I wanted to be. Finances came back around and I don't think he was willing [to pay the asking price]."

Jenas went on to spend eight-years as a Tottenham player but would fail to reach the lofty heights expected of him.

Petered out

By 2011 he was a bit-part player and sent out on loan to Aston Villa before unfortunately rupturing his achilles tendon. The injury kept him out for six months and, upon his return, he was back at the club where it all began, Nottingham Forest.

His career petered out at Queens Park Rangers after he ruptured a anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He is now a pundit for BT Sport.

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