He captained Arsenal youth teams and says they shaped him into the player he is today.
“At the time I was 16 and I felt I could make the step to go into first-team football and felt I was ready for it,” he said.
“I had a lot of confidence in myself. Why still be with the 18s, 23s? I want to play in the first team.
“A lot of people said it was too early to think that and I agree it can be too early, and you have to be patient, but I just felt like I could do it.
“Valencia gave me a great offer to come here, start with the B team, train with the first team and push me to the first team when I earned it. That opportunity, a big team in Spain, caught my attention.
“My first season in the B team…