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I'm a former Arsenal star.. without football I would have been forced into a life of drugs and crime | The Sun
JERMAINE PENNANT has revealed that if it wasn't for football he would have been forced into a life of drugs and crime.
The former footballer, 40, had pressure thrust upon him from an early age.
He became the most expensive youth player in history when he signed for Arsenal from Notts County in 1999 for £2million when he was just 15.
He would go on to play for the likes of Liverpool, Birmingham City and Stoke before ending his career at Billericay Town in 2017.
In an interview with Lord Ping, Pennant opened up about how football saved him from a tough upbringing in Nottingham.
He grew up in The Meadows area of the city – an area known for a high rate of crime.
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Reflecting on his upbringing, Pennant said: “I came from a very rough and tough estate, there weren’t many opportunities so I would have fallen into the mould of friends in the crime world, drugs and gang warfare. I’d have ended up following that mould.
“I wasn’t amazing at school because of football, I concentrated on that. Without football it would have been a total opposite life with different experiences, and not for the better."
Pennant recently opened up on the childhood trauma he faced while presenting on TalkSPORT.
After speaking about Dele Alli's shocking interview on The Overlap with Gary Neville, Pennant reflected on his own experiences growing up.
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