French player tells bizarre story about having to sleep in the parking lot near Arsenal ground
- Achille Degan wanted to play for Arsenal so much he waited for Wenger whole night in his car near London Colney.
- He, however, didn't have an agent or a CV.
- Wenger has advised the winger to find himself a club.
- Now Degan plays in France's fourth division.
Achille Degan, who now plays for OC Vannes in the French fourth division, had a strange episode that happened to him when he tried undergoing a trial at Arsenal back in 2017.
Having nowhere to go, Degan parked his car outside London Colney for a night before meeting Arsene Wenger and trying to swing a trial.
Degan shared this story in the interview with Ouest France.
“It was in 2016/17 season,” said 27-year-old (h/t Daily Cannon). “I was in London. Sometimes I slept in my car. The first time, in front of the training centre for Arsenal, I stayed from 9.30 am to 5 pm, with the desire to meet Arsene Wenger.
“A day on the bus in the direction of Conley, I meet a person. He is a journalist for the Daily Star. I make it part of my goal. A few days later, my sister calls me one morning to tell me that an article was published in London on me, with a photo.
“The coach Wenger arrived. He is in a car. He stops, opens his window. I tell him: I want to play at Arsenal, Mr Wenger. He asked me for my CV. I refuse because it must be hundreds. He advises me to find a club.
“I made the observation that the system, to gain access to a club, it is the piston. There must be an agent. Alone, it is impossible. I am 27 years old. I’m in a good club in Vannes. But this is not finished. Also, I have a French journalist who was following me still, and me filming from the article published in the Daily Star. I can also be selected with the national team of Benin.
“As long as there is hope…”