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I rejected Arsenal to join United - Fellaini

ESPN staff
October 29, 2013
Fellaini opted for Manchester United over Arsenal © Getty Images

Marouane Fellaini has revealed he turned down the chance to join Arsenal in the summer.

The Belgium international midfielder left Everton to join Manchester United in a £27.5 million deal on transfer deadline day - but only, he claims, after the Gunners expressed an interest in taking him to the Emirates.

Fellaini chose to link up again with his former Everton manager David Moyes at Old Trafford and remains convinced that, despite the Scot's slow start, he will prove the right choice as Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.

"I knew United were interested in signing me - just as Arsenal were," he told The Sun. "But it was United who snapped me up.

"David Moyes did everything to get me. I leapt at the chance to work with Moyes. I spent some fantastic times with him at Everton."

United are only eighth after making their worst start to a season in the Premier League era.

But Fellaini added: "Moyes will succeed given time. He is trying to continue Alex Ferguson's work as manager. We may not be top of the league but we are not far off."

Fellaini himself has postponed surgery on a wrist injury but has been an unused substitute in United's wins against Real Sociedad and Stoke City.

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