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16-goal Premier League forward admits unsuccessful Arsenal talks

16-goal Premier League forward admits unsuccessful Arsenal talks
16-goal Premier League forward admits unsuccessful Arsenal talks

Ghanaian forward Mohammed Kudus has confirmed he held discussions with the Gunners before opting to join London rivals West Ham United last summer.

Ghanaian forward Mohammed Kudus has shed light on his decision to join West Ham last summer, revealing that Arsenal were one of the clubs interested in signing him.

The 23-year-old confirmed interest from Arsenal, Chelsea, and Brighton & Hove Albion before ultimately choosing the Hammers in a £37 million deal.

Explaining his decision to The Guardian, Kudus said, “All the clubs you mentioned, it’s true they were in contact.

“But when West Ham came it moved fast and I made my decision based on speaking to people around the club, their project and how they see me as a player.

“I made the decision based on my gut feeling. That’s how I make my decisions. Whatever the ramifications are, I take it upon myself.”

The extent of Arsenal‘s interest remains unclear, but Kudus’ comments confirm they at least explored the possibility of signing him. West Ham securing his signature could be seen as a missed opportunity for the Gunners.

West Ham’s transfer team, led by Tim Steidten, certainly deserves credit for convincing Kudus to choose them despite competition from established clubs.

While Kudus’ arrival didn’t directly replace Declan Rice, who joined Arsenal for £100+ million, it did help West Ham soften the blow of losing their star midfielder. Ironically, those funds from the Rice transfer likely played a role in West Ham being able to afford Kudus.

The investment in Kudus has paid off, with the young attacker making a positive impact at the London Stadium. While there have been rumours of a potential future move, Kudus seems happy in East London and enjoys strong support from the fans.