Arsenal released Harry Kane because he was too short

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Every Tottenham fan has seen that picture of a young Harry Kane in an Arsenal shirt because every Arsenal fan has taken great pleasure in recirculating it.

There was a simple explanation for it, of course. The youngster was on the books at Arsenal's famous Hale End academy with the intention of becoming Arsene Wenger's next great youth product.

Like many before him, he failed to make the grade and was released, but Arsenal's loss was Tottenham's gain. They saw his potential and have since helped him grow into a fully-fledged England international, complete with a £60million price tag.

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No doubt there is a youth coach on the west side of north London ruing his decision to let Kane go, not least because the lanky frontman has scored three goals against the Gunners in their last two Premier League encounters.

For the first time, the 22-year-old has revealed why he was deemed surplus to requirements in the Arsenal academy and was sent on his way aged just nine. 

“It's hard to tell at that age what the player is going to turn into,” he told the Telegraph. “I was only small at that age. I was small for my age. I was a late developer.

“So, look, it is hard to call a player at such a young age. After that I went to Spurs when I was 11. It wasn't like it took off straight from then, I still had to work hard. There were highs and lows along the way.”

“As I got older and older, I grew up a bit, caught up to the rest of the players my age and it went from there, really.”

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Just forget it

With 30 goals for Tottenham last season, Kane is almost certain to move to one of Europe's premier clubs if his form continues. Indeed, Manchester United are one such club who have been linked with an interest.

However, it seems a dramatic return to Arsenal is out of the question. Arsene Wenger was asked if he would ever consider a bid for Kane. His response was brilliant.

He told reporters: "Once a player is at Spurs you do not even consider him anymore to be on your radar because you do not historically have many transfers from one club to the other."

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