Arsenal legend reveals he came close to joining Chelsea

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Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn has revealed he came close to joining Chelsea before he secured a move to Arsenal.

According to Winterburn, his move to Chelsea collapsed before Arsenal signed him for £350,000 two weeks later.

The left back went on to make over 400 appearances for the Gunners, helping Arsenal win three league titles and two FA Cups.

“I don’t really talk about it a lot, but two weeks before that [signing for Arsenal] I had gone to Chelsea for talks,” Winterburn told the Football Ramble Daily podcast.

“They wanted to sign me but that all fell apart.”

Asked why his move to Chelsea fell through, Winterburn responded: “I have no idea. I tend to find with me, that with life, if things don’t go well, the best way to deal with it is to block it out.

“Maybe I asked for too much money! A few days after that they signed Tony Dorigo, so they were obviously eyeing up us both, and maybe he was the better option at the time.”

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