£8m star reveals he now regrets joining Arsenal
A former Arsenal player has admitted that his decision to join the Gunners was certainly not the best one.
During the summer of 2001, a highly-rated Francis Jeffers was signed by Arsene Wenger in an expensive £8 million deal at the time.
However, the English striker failed to make a name for himself at Arsenal before being offloaded after less than three years in north London.
According to Jeffers, who is now back at his old club Everton as a member of the coaching staff, that move to Highbury almost 16 years ago is one he regrets.
“I’ve got to be really honest, looking back on my career I left the club [Everton] too soon,” the former England international said
“[Arsenal] wasn’t the right move for me but it was a difficult time because of the way our Football Club was then, it wasn’t like it is now. It was a good move for me and the Club at the time but it was definitely too soon and probably the wrong move.
“I went from being a regular at Everton to going down there and not being able to get into the team.
“When you’re sitting at home at think back at how your career’s gone, I feel my head was turned. I was only young. It was difficult because I felt Arsenal were the best team in the league at the time. I’d just watched them play Liverpool in the FA Cup final and absolutely battered them but came out losing the game.
“It was a tough decision for me because I’m an Evertonian, I’d been a season ticket holder all my life. It was a big decision but one that never worked out for me.”