The French striker Nicolas Anelka has spoken on how he regrets his decision to leave Arsenal.

Anelka joined the Gunners in 1997 for a fee of £500,000. In 1999 Anelka was sold to Real Madrid for a fee of £22.3 million pounds.

“Everyone makes mistakes in life and I can say that I made one in leaving Arsenal,”

“That is because things have gone badly for me since then.”

“But I could not know what the future held in store for me.”

“I could have spent my entire career at Arsenal. I took decisions thinking I was doing the right thing.”

“If I had my time again I would do things differently. I made my decisions thinking they were the right ones at the time. ”

“My life has not gone as I imagined it would. There have been highs and lows and I have experienced things I did not want to. I have been labelled a spoiled child but why – because I chose to do what I wanted?”

“I am now more mature and confident than I was at 20.”

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