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'Turned out great': World Cup midfielder admits he's glad he left Arsenal in 2019 now
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'Turned out great': World Cup midfielder admits he's glad he left Arsenal in 2019 now

United States of America midfielder Yunus Musah has spoken about his exit from Arsenal ahead of facing England.

Musah played in his country’s opening game of the World Cup, where they drew 1-1 with Wales on Monday evening.

The USA came flying out of the blocks and should have been out of sight by half-time but ran out of steam and Gareth Bale’s penalty earned a point.

Ahead of facing England, where he came through the youth ranks between Under 15 and Under 18 level, Musah said he is glad he left Arsenal in 2019.

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Musah speaks about Arsenal exit

In an interview with the Evening Standard, he said: “That was one of the reasons I chose to move to Spain — I felt at the time maybe, we’ll never know, that I wasn’t able to be in the Arsenal first-team so early.

“Their team was really good and I felt at my age I could play first-team football and there was the chance to move to Valencia.

“Things turned out great. I’m very grateful for that.”

Musah joined Valencia on a free transfer in August 2019, when Unai Emery was the manager in the dugout at the Emirates Stadium.

Mikel Arteta has given youth a chance at Arsenal, and perhaps Musah would have got more opportunities if he worked under the Spaniard.

But as it turned out, he has gone and got regular football at a huge club as a teenager and is now representing his country on the world stage.

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