Serie A defender reveals regret at snubbing transfer to Arsenal. Armando Izzo, a defender for Serie A, has voiced remorse over earlier in his career passing up Premier League teams Arsenal and Inter Milan.
The center-back, who has three Italy caps, is currently on loan from parent club Torino to Serie A team Monza. His career dates back a few seasons.
After the 2018–19 season, when Torino qualified for the Europa League by finishing in the top seven of Serie A, Arsenal and Inter Milan made attempts to sign Izzo.
Izzo, however, made the decision to remain in Turin because he “believed in the vision” and wanted to spend one more season there before leaving.
The Italian overestimated the demand for his talents, and as a result, Torino’s chances of returning to Europe the next season were diminished.
“The year I renewed with Torino, after qualifying for Europe, my former agent and the president Urbano Cairo told me that Arsenal and Conte’s Inter Milan were there,” Izzo said to Cronache di Spogliatoio (via Sport Italia). I stayed another year because I cared about Toro and thought the project would succeed. I had six goals that season but no teams contacted me. “How is it possible that there is no team?” I asked myself. After two seasons, Bremer leaves for Juventus with four goals and a 10th-place finish. My goal was to attend Inter, but I was never able to.
Serie A defender reveals regret at snubbing transfer to Arsenal
With Mikel Arteta leading the Gunners to the top of the Premier League, Arsenal’s recruitment over the past two seasons has been perfect.
As they chase their first Premier League championship in 20 years, Arteta’s team is presently eight points ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
And they have already begun preparing for the upcoming season, as Arsenal will play a Major League Soccer All-Stars team led by Wayne Rooney on July 19.
The game is scheduled to take place at Audi Field in Washington, DC, where DC United plays. Rooney has been the team’s manager since last summer.
“It’s amazing that we’re playing against the MLS All-Stars in Washington DC in July,” Arsenal manager Arteta stated.
Our summer 2017 US tour served as excellent season practice, and we are eager to return to see our incredible American fans. A strong test for the next 2023–24 season will be the game versus the MLS All-Stars.