Shilla Illiasu regrets turning down move to Arsenal seven years ago
Ghana defender Shilla Illiasu Alhassan has regretted turning down a move to English Premier League side Arsenal.
The centre-back was handed trial by manager Arsene Wenger after impressing at the 2006 FIFA World Cup finals in Germany.
He was then a player in the Ghana Premier League with Asante Kotoko and received rave reviews for meeting expectations at the highest level.
Illiasu rather chose to sign for FC Saturn where injuries denied him the opportunity of realizing his dream abroad.
“With the Arsenal situation I still regret not playing under one of the best manager’s (Arsene Wenger) and clubs in the world. Up till now I still receive emails from Wenger and his personal secretary,” Illiasu told Goal.com in an interview.
Illiasu now plays for Armenian top-flight side Dilijan Impulse.