David Seaman rejected Manchester United to join Arsenal

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David Seaman has revealed that he came close to joining Manchester United in 1990 before eventually opting for Arsenal.

The former England international was fast becoming a top player for Queens Park Rangers and was attracting interest from top clubs as the last decade of the millennium rolled around.

George Graham, then manager of Arsenal, originally tried to sign Seaman after their spectacular title winning season in 1989, but talks broke down when Gunners goalkeeper John Lukic refused to head in the opposite direction.


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Arsenal came back in the very next summer with a £1.3million bid, a British record fee for a goalkeeper at the time, but faced serious competition for his signature from the Red Devils.

Seaman and his family were settled in London and, therefore, chose to move to Highbury. He would spend 13 years in north London, winning three league titles, four FA Cups and a European Cup Winner's Cup.

Asked if he was close to joining Manchester United, Seaman told the Daily Star: "Yes, very close.

"Before I went to Arsenal, I had the choice of Man United or Arsenal. A little choice it was and I was living in London with my family and everything so that's why I chose Arsenal."

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Once Seaman became a Gunner, he was fully committed to the club, making over 400 league appearances under both Graham and Arsene Wenger.

With Arsenal winning trophies on a regular basis, Seaman insists he never thought about leaving the club until he was eventually released in 2003.

Asked if there was any serious interest from other teams while he was at Highbury, Seaman said: "No, there were just rumours. But I was happy at Arsenal, I was always happy at Arsenal.

"I loved my time at Arsenal, there was never any question of me leaving. Plus we were winning things so it does help.

"It weren't until 13 years after that I left and went to Man City which ended up just being six months."

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