Former Black Stars winger Quincy Owusu-Abeyie reveals that he would have being a street boy if has not gotten that chance of joining Arsenal at a youthful age.
He expressed that he experienced childhood in an area that he could have effectively tumbled off the wagon yet a call from Arsenal made a huge difference for him.
During an interview monitored by bawkuonline.com, he said: “If it wasn’t for Arsenal, maybe I would have led definitely a different life. Maybe I would have just a normal nine to five, maybe I would have been a street guy, I don’t know. but fortunately I got that phone call.
“I was born and raised in Amsterdam. Bijlmermeer is the area — it’s basically the hood. It wasn’t easy. Sometimes you might be on the block and you might hear a gunshot, or you might hear that someone got stabbed. When I got that phone call, I said ‘Arsenal? Who doesn’t want to play for Arsenal?!
“That moment when I met Arsene Wenger is when it sort of sank in, when I realised… It’s not on TV anymore. So I looked at my agent, and my agent looked at me, and it was like, ‘Boy… I gotta get the job done’.”
Quincy James Owusu-Abeyie (born 15 April 1986), often known simply as Quincy, is a professional footballer who plays as a forward or left winger.
He began his career with Ajax before moving to Arsenal as a 16-year-old. He went on to play for clubs in a variety of countries: Spartak Moscow of the Russian Premier League, Spanish clubs Celta Vigo and Málaga, Birmingham City, Cardiff City and Portsmouth in the English leagues, Al-Sadd of Qatar, Superleague Greece club Panathinaikos, Boavista of Portugal, and most recently in his native Netherlands with NEC.
Quincy played international football for his country of birth at youth level, but in 2007 requested to become eligible to represent his parents’ country, Ghana, instead. FIFA approved his request just ahead of the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, and he represented Ghana in that tournament and at the 2010 World Cup.