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Anelka admits Gunners error

03 Jun 2008 - 11:06:16

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has admitted that he made a mistake in leaving Arsenal earlier on in his career.

The 29-year-old France international left the Gunners in the summer of 1999 to join Real Madrid and has since struggled to settle with a number of clubs, including Paris St Germain, Liverpool, Manchester City and Fenerbahce.

Anelka commented: "Everyone makes mistakes in life and I can say that I made one in leaving Arsenal.

"That is because things have gone badly for me since then, but I could not know what the future held in store for me.

"I could have spent my entire career at Arsenal. I took decisions thinking I was doing the right thing.

"If I had my time again I would do things differently. I made my decisions thinking they were the right ones at the time.

"My life has not gone as I imagined it would. There have been highs and lows and I have experienced things I did not want to."

Anelka's latest move saw him join the Blues from Bolton Wanderers in January, but he has scored just twice in 24 appearances for Chelsea to date.


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