Die-Hard Gooner Witsel reveals Arsenal adulation + Full Unseen Interview
Gooner Talk have managed to get our hands on an exclusive interview with Standard Liege midfielder Axel Witsel.
19-year-old Witsel has attracted attention from a host of top European clubs, including the Gunners and Real Madrid.
In the interview with Belgian newspaper Sud Presse Sport, Witsel spoke about:
- His passion for Arsene Wenger’s side and why he supports them.
- Rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal.
- His views on the William Gallas ‘saga’ and the recent Portsmouth game.
- And why he would never sign for Tottenham!
Belgian international Witsel has already won his domestic league title, and made over 60 appearances for Standard, operating anywhere across the middle of the park.
He’s rated extremely highly on the continent, and with Arsene Wenger reportedly interested in him, Witsel spoke about his favourite club.
“Arsenal, Feyenoord and Real wanted to sign me when I took part in the European U17s Championship in 2006. But I wanted to stay close to my family.”
“I’ve been an Arsenal fan since I was a kid, around 5 or 6 years of age. I love the club because there’s so much young talent. When they play well – it’s amazing”
Despite the rumoured interest of Chelsea and Manchester United, Witsel revealed that he’d rebuff any offers from both clubs if Arsenal came onto the bidding scene.
“I dream to play for Arsenal. If Man United, Chelsea and Arsenal want me, I’d go straight to Arsenal without any thought.”
A massive statement from such a young individual. Talking of massive, guess who Witsel’s favourite all-time Arsenal player is?
“Thierry Henry, my idol. I love this player because he has so much class. What I love most is the way he celebrates his goals. It seems he doesnt care about his goal [he smiles].”
The classy young Belgian stated his disappointment at the removal of William Gallas’ captaincy, but also admitted he wasn’t surprised at the whole event.
“It doesn’t surpise me. When I arrived at Standard there was also conflict between young and old players. The old ones are jealous of the young players. It’s not lack of respect, it’s just evolution.”
Witsel was present for Arsenal’s clash with Portsmouth last weekend, when asked about the game, here’s what he said.
“To be honest, when I see that [the match], I think I’m good enough to play for Arsenal.”
During, and after the game, Witsel showed his passion for the Gunners even singing anti-Spurs songs with the Arsenal faithful!
“Come on Wenger! play van Persie, you’re crazy!”
“Well, this win is good for the team. But thank you ‘Calamity’ James”
A Spurs fan went up to him when he was travelling back home, the fan told Axel that he should sign for Tottenham, Witsel hastily replied.
“Are you joking? I said I want to sign for a big club!”
One thing’s for sure, Axel Witsel is definitely a die-hard Gooner and a player who looks Arsenal-class.
I’ll leave you with a video of the youngster in action for Liege, it’s a great watch.
Massive thanks to Junior and Vince from ASCFR for the translation of the interview.