Frenkie de Jong has joined Barcelona this summer from Ajax but has said he planned to join Arsenal in between.
Speaking to Voetbal International, via the Sun, de Jong has said he wanted to follow the Marc Overmars route when he was a younger player.
He said: “In my mind, I have had the following list for a long time: Ajax-Arsenal-Barcelona, call it the Marc Overmars route.
“But then again, if you can go directly to Barcelona, then you are right where you want to be. Faster than you ever dared to dream.”
In truth, as it stands, Arsenal are not in a position to buy the brightest talents in world football, among which de Jong most certainly is right now.
That’s because of their financial situation and also because they’re not in the Champions League – which must be painful for some of the fans who took to Twitter to react to the statements.
But some were also annoyed with de Jong for his comments about potentially using Arsenal as a stepping stone – despite the reality of world football being these days that Barcelona and Real Madrid sit at the summit.
Am I the only one that thinks this is really disrespectful on arsenal. We aren’t a bus stop for a player to Just stop at. Wtf !
— ClockEndHarry (@harry_ourris) July 10, 2019
You are not the only one. They players now see us as a stepping stone to achieve their dream move. They know they can become top stars at Arsenal, and we won't be able to keep them. This has to stop
— Mr T (@tral_ph) July 10, 2019
— sayid'ali Ahmed Sharif (@sayidaliAhmedS1) July 10, 2019
If only we were good. pic.twitter.com/p74ZfgnkJm
— Kermit Arsene (@NotSpendFC) July 10, 2019
— Rory (@Roryarsenal) July 10, 2019
If only Stan Kroenke was human
De Jong would have been at AFC instead of BARCELONA
Stan Kroenke OUT
— DenniSuarez Just On Loan (@DennisuarezL) July 10, 2019
Salt in the existing wounds ffs.
— Riddho Ghosh (@rid2ho) July 10, 2019
— Gozienna (@Anams_11) July 10, 2019
That's what I hate, why players take Arsenal as a step? Why can't be players goal to stay?
— OLVA (@olva) July 10, 2019
Oh come on
— アインズオールガウン 🇸🇾 (@abude_gooner) July 10, 2019
Who need De Jong when you’ve got Xhaka 🥴
— David Kane (@davidkane_muso) July 10, 2019
— Chris (@Claphamarsenal) July 10, 2019
Our club needs to re-evaluate how we go about transfers, there are world class talents out there that want to play for out club
— SuperSniperFxSignals (@Supersniperfx) July 10, 2019