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“That’s the dream to play for Arsenal one day.” Brentford star Ollie Watkins reveals his dream move

Posted on 6 March 2020 by Hal Fish

By Hal Fish and Callum Room

Ollie Watkins has revealed it would be his dream to play for Arsenal one day.

Speaking to the Sports Gazette at the 2020 London Football Awards, the Brentford striker revealed his ambition to play for boyhood club Arsenal in the Premier League some day.

“That’s the dream, to play for Arsenal one day. But, you know, it’s a long shot,” Watkins said at the awards ceremony.

Having scored 22 goals in the Championship this season, Watkins has drawn the interest of many Premier League clubs over the course of this season. The likes of West Ham and Newcastle have been linked most recently.

His stock will have risen even higher after he claimed the EFL Player of the Year at last night’s award ceremony in Camden.

As well as supporting the club as a child, Watkins also revealed that he idolises Thierry Henry

“I’m an Arsenal fan so Thierry Henry was my [idol] he’s unbelievable to watch.”

“He was the idol growing up really.”

Ollie Watkins at the 2020 London Football Awards

Despite his ambition to play for Arsenal at some stage, Watkins emphasized that his first priority is helping Brentford  gain promotion this season.

“That’s the goal, to get to the Premier League,” he said.

“Hopefully I can get there with Brentford though. We’re very close at the moment, these last 10 games hopefully we can push on and do something special.”

Brentford are currently 5th in the Championship and look like firm favourites to claim one of the four playoff spots.