Attacking midfielder insists he did the right thing leaving Arsenal

Sam Greenwood seems to be another one that got away from Arsenal as he shines at Leeds United.

The attacking midfielder moved to the Emirates from Sunderland in 2018, and he was a key player for the Arsenal youth team.

He banged in several goals for the side hoping to earn a call-up to the senior team.

That didn’t happen, and he was scouted by several Premier League clubs during his spell at the Emirates.

Leeds United signed him from the Gunners in 2020, and he has made 9 league appearances for them since he broke into their first team last year.

These opportunities could hardly have come by at the Emirates, and he insists it was the right step to leave Arsenal for Leeds.

He told The Athletic:

 “I just got on with my football down there. It was a massive difference moving from Sunderland to London, a totally different world.

“Coming from Arsenal to here, there isn’t too much difference but I get a lot more opportunities here. I wasn’t as close to the first team at Arsenal as I am here. It’s been a good decision for me.”

Just Arsenal Opinion

We have so many top talents in our youth team, and it is hard to keep all of them happy.

It is understandable that Greenwood knew he would not play for Arsenal as fast as he wanted. We wish him good luck in his time with the Whites.

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  1. So another player who did not quite make the level needed at our club , goes elsewhere to a lower club and plays 9 games since breaking into their first team.
    So what?
    It does NOT mean we are unhappy he left or that it was the wrong decision for our club.

    THAT BEING SO, why is it even considered worth reporting about!!

    1. It’s worth reporting cos he was an arsenal youth player and many of us didn’t know he was once our player.after reading this article,many would atleast know he was out former player…we all learn everyday.yoi criticise almost every articles here and it does my head in why they don’t put you in your place

  2. Interesting that the player feels the need to tell anyone prepared to listen, that he made the right move!!

    Good luck to him as it seems he might just be part of a relegation battle.

    As for the article, comment if it interests one, don’t if it doesn’t – that’s the rule I follow anyway.

  3. Don’t really have anything for or against the player; he wasn’t at the required level for Arsenal so at least he found his level elsewhere.

    Less talk and more work would be advice to him. If you shine you won’t need to talk. If you are explaining you are losing the argument.

  4. Glad to hear that Sam Greenwood is happy and making a success of his move to Leeds United. He was highly rated as a junior when Arsenal transferred him in. Nothing he has said in this article is critical of Arsenal, other than that he moved yo get greater opportunities. As others have stated not every player gets first team opportunities at Arsenal as soon as they would like.

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