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Ex-Arsenal scout says he rejected £57.6m Chelsea star in 2012 because 'he was small'

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Former Arsenal scout Steve Morrow spoke to Goal today about some of the players he failed to sign during his time at the club.

The Irishman, who spent almost a decade at Arsenal, played a big part in a number of our deals. He deserves a lot of credit for some of the players he has helped sign over the years, but like every other human being, he got a few decisions wrong as well.

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One deal he misjudged was Christian Pulisic. Marrow brought the American to London Colney back in 2012 for a trial but rejected the opportunity to sign him because ‘he was small and underdeveloped physically’.

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He said: “Through our connections in the States, Christian was one that I actually had over at London Colney as a 14-year-old.

“He came in and did quite well, but he was small and underdeveloped physically when he came to us. I did see his potential but he was certainly behind physically in terms of the same age group with our boys.

“I wanted to bring him back again, but it just didn’t work out and he went to Germany unfortunately.”

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A missed opportunity?

Pulisic became a huge hit when he went to Borussia Dortmund. He played over 125 games for the German giants and secured a mammoth £57.6 million to Chelsea in 2019. (Sky Sports)

The American hasn’t taken the Premier League by storm but he did manage to score against us in the FA Cup final last season. Thankfully, we came from behind to win the game, but it would’ve been nice to have him on our side instead of against us.

Pulisic joins a long list of players who Arsenal have missed out on over the years. There’s no point dwelling on it now, but it’s difficult to ignore how good he would have been in Arsene Wenger’s system.

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