By Giuseppe Muro
George Brislen-Hall has revealed how he was a whisker away from joining Arsenal’s local rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
A product of the Hale End Youth Academy, Brislen-Hall joined the Club three years ago. But the young left back’s career almost took an unusual twist following a freak injury he suffered before signing as a scholar.
After having the misfortune of breaking his arm during his very first game at Arsenal, the then 14-year-old was spotted by the other top-flight team in north London.
“I was playing for my Sunday League team and, as a one-off, they played me up front and I ended up scoring six goals,” Brislen-Hall told Arsenal.com.
“There was a Tottenham scout there so I went to Tottenham, passed a fitness test, and went back to train with them. They had a friendly arranged against a team from Thailand, I ended up playing in that game and managed to score one and set up another.
“So they were positive about offering me something. At this point, nothing was happening with Arsenal, which was my first choice. But I went back to Arsenal, played in a trial game and that’s when they offered me a deal. When you have got a chance at Arsenal, you have got to take it.”
Brislen-Hall has made an impressive transition from Academy to Reserve level this season and has already made six appearances for Neil Banfield’s table-topping second string.
Like so many players of his age group at Arsenal, he knows that his future may eventually lie elsewhere. But he is determined to give everything for as long as he wears the red and white shirt.
”I’ve kept working hard and kept training,” he added. “I’ve managed to get myself into the Reserve team so I’ve done well. Liam [Brady] has told me I’ve done well and shown good character.
“I’ve kept going and kept going and I’ve got my rewards.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 15 Mar 2011