Ibrahimovic used to go to Arsenal’s training ground and was asked to try by Arsene Wenger. Still, pride doesn’t allow him to accept that. The autobiography records the time. That’s when the Swedish striker was a young star in Malmo and received the attention of Arsenal as well as many big clubs in Europe.
The well-arranged and detailed stories also indirectly explain Zlatan’s refusal to join Arsenal to move to Ajax later. Somehow I couldn’t catch up. Everything happened so fast. A minute ago I was the unruly child in the team. And yet, me and Hasse Borg (the first agent) drove to Arsenal’s training ground in St Albans, north of London.
You can imagine it’s a classic training ground. I saw Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp on the field. But the great thing is that I met Arsene Wenger, the time I first came to this club.
It was the first foreign coach in Arsenal history. On appointment, the British press even raised the question: “Who is Arsene?”. However, he won the Premier League and FA Cup in the second season and gradually became great.
We apologize to Wenger. We are not interested. There was a lot to talk about afterwards. But I believe that was the right decision. We went down to Monte Carlo.
That’s where the Monaco club also expressed interest, then Verona, the twin club of AS Roma, and then we went home. There was no contract but it was a memorable trip. I had my first glimpse of clubs in Europe.
I got the flu when I returned to Malmo in the cold winter weather. Then I was called up to the Swedish U21 team, but I had to give up the first match. Scouts did not come with disappointment. Scouts track me everywhere.
I don’t have many clues about them and only remember one Danish recruiter, John Steen Olsen. He came so often that I remembered my name and sometimes even greeted.