Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Moussa Sissoko was once an Arsenal fans, but he has revealed he stopped supporting the Gunners as soon as he signed for Spurs.

Sissoko signed for Spurs on transfer deadline day in the summer of 2016, and became something of a cult hero in North London. While the Frenchman was sometimes guilty of sub-par performances, his effort levels were always top rate.

He made 202 appearances for Spurs (Transfermarkt) over a five-year period, before moving on to Watford. Sissoko now plays for Nantes in Ligue 1 back in his native France.

While Sissoko may have endeared himself to the Lilywhite faithful during his time at the club, things could have been very different had he not decided to renounce his loyalties to the red side of London.

Speaking to the Nantes FC YouTube channel ahead of their UEFA Europa League fixture this week, Sissoko revealed he used to support Arsenal, but rectified that immediately when he joined Spurs.

He said: “I’m going to get in trouble, but it was Arsenal when I was young, but when I signed for their enemies, Tottenham Hotspur, I stopped supporting them.

When asked who his football idol was growing up, Sissoko replied “My idol has always been Patrick Vieira,” and he even admitted that his first ever football shirt was “an Arsenal shirt, and it was Vieira’s.”

To be fair, for any young Frenchman aspiring to be a top midfielder, there are not many players you can put above Vieira, you have to admit.

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We all make bad decisions when we’re younger, but luckily Moussa Sissoko came to his senses and chose the correct North London club to support as he got older. We forgive you, Moussa.

At the time, Arsenal were enjoying an era where the likes of Vieira, Thierry Henry, and Dennis Bergkamp were at the club, so it’s understandable that any young footballer would enjoy watching them.

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