Arsenal teenager Karl Hein explains why he rejected Manchester United for Gunners move

Karl Hein
Karl Hein signed for Arsenal in 2018 (Picture: Getty Images)

Arsenal goalkeeper Karl Hein had the chance to join a number of clubs when he left Estonia in 2018, including Manchester United, but says the ‘discipline and organisation’ of the Gunners impressed him more than at any other team.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper arrived at Arsenal from FC Nomme in July 2018 having had trials at Man Utd and Brighton, and has since gone on to sign his first professional contract in May last year.

The Estonian appears to have a bright future ahead of him at Arsenal, but it could easily have been at Old Trafford, had it not been for some delayed transport when he visited Manchester.

Manchester United’s offer was a shock because it’s such a big club and I admired Edwin Van der Sar and their 2008 team, whose videos I’ve watched on YouTube,’ said Hein.

‘Therefore, at first, it seemed a little bit unbelievable that I would have the opportunity to go to that club.

‘I went to every club to show myself. I was at United for three days, in other clubs for a little longer.

‘The first impression might have been deceptive, but it seemed to me that discipline and the organisational side, as well as other details, were at a higher level at Arsenal.

‘In Manchester, for example, transport was always late, which is why I was late for training.

‘The reception at Arsenal was very friendly and the club left a very good impression, because, let’s be honest, there was no difference in terms of level because both Arsenal and United are among the top in the world.’

Hein suffered a broken wrist in training last season, which set his progress back, but has impressed at Arsenal and is competing for the number one spot in the Under-23s side after making appearances for the Under-18s team.

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