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Tottenham star Harry Kane has credited Arsenal for his success, as he believes his rejection by the Gunners is the best thing to ever happen to him, according to the Evening Standard.
The 24-year-old was released by Arsenal when he was just eight, and according to him it has been the driving force behind his rise which has seen him become one of the World’s best striker.
In a long form article published after he scored his 100th Premier league goal on Sunday against Liverpool –Becoming the second fastest player to reach that number in Premier League history–, Kane discussed key moments in his life and career so far.
“I remember the first time we played against Arsenal [for Tottenham’s academy team] and even back then, I had a chip on my shoulder.
“It might sound ridiculous. I was only eight when they let me go, but every time we played them, I thought, ‘Alright, we’ll see who’s right and who’s wrong’.
“Looking back on it now, [being released by Arsenal] was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because it gave me a drive that wasn’t there before.
“For me, the rejection is the best thing that ever happened to me.“
Kane scored twice for Tottenham in his first senior appearance against Arsenal in a 2-1 victory back in 2015, and speaking on that game he said: “I remember walking round the pitch after the final whistle and clapping to the fans and it felt like, ‘well, I told you so’.
“We were in the tunnel, and I thought, ‘Okay took me 12 years, but we’ll see who was right and who was wrong.”
“I scored two that day, and the winner in the 86th minute was something that I’d never even dream of visualizing before a match.
“It was a header – probably the best header I’ve ever scored – and that feeling when it hit the back of the net, I’ve never felt a rush like that in my whole career.”
The striker has finished as the league top scorer for the past two seasons and is on course to clinch a third one this season.
He now targets winning the title with Tottenham “I dreamed of playing for Spurs since I was a boy,” Kane added. “For a long time my motivation was simply to close my eyes and picture myself scoring against Arsenal in the Premier League.
“[I’ve] done that a few times now, and it never gets old. But now, my motivation is a bit different.
“Now, I close my eyes and I picture myself lifting the Premier League trophy at our new stadium with my mates. I’d trade the next 100 goals for that feeling.“
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