Former Chelsea defender Baba Rahman has revealed was transpired in his failed move to Arsenal some years back.
THE LOWDOWN: UNPLEASANT MOVE
Former Chelsea fullback Baba Rahman could have joined Arsenal back in 2015. The left-back made 15 appearances for the Blues but has been away from the Premier League side for seven seasons on loan at different clubs.
He has had spells at Schalke, Reims, Mallorca, PAOK and most recently Reading. Rahman, who has played 44 times for his national team, Ghana, and has also been included in their 2022 World Cup squad.
Meanwhile, the defender has now opened up on why he failed to move to Arsenal previously before he subsequently made the move to Chelsea.
THE LATEST: RAHMAN’S REVELATION
Baba Rahman has opened up on what happened to him during his young career.
“I missed out on the trial because I didn’t have a visa to the UK,” he said on speaking to Nazaar Kinsella’s YouTube channel.
On his potential move to Arsenal, which slipped through his fingers while still a teenager, he said “I got denied a visa. But, one way or another, I found myself in London.”
Rahman went on to discuss the serious knee injury he suffered while on loan in the Bundesliga.
“I was flying at the time, (on loan) at Schalke,” added Rahman.
“It was a horrible feeling. I was 22 and now, boom, I’m 28! I still have these flashbacks, you know?
“My first (operation), the surgeon literally said to my agent that I should be happy if I get back to playing because of the complications in the knee.
“When I arrived in Germany, I was just going up, up, up. Then, all of a sudden; down, down, down. It was difficult to get back, you have an injury that was meant to be, like, eight months and you end up doing years (out of the game).”
THE VERDICT: UNLUCKY
Some moves are just not meant to be and that is the case of Baba Rahman. Despite the move to West London, he didn’t get to make an impact and a similar thing could have happened to him at Arsenal. He was simply unlucky and it is just one of those stories in football.