Alexandre Lacazette used to play as a goalkeeper in his younger years, but eventually chose to become a forward.
Lacazette moved to Arsenal in the summer for a club-record fee of £46.4million, and has scored four goals in seven games.
But the France international says his career could have panned out differently, were it not for an intervention from his mother.
Arsene Wenger revealed who the club’s emergency goalkeeper would be last February. Perhaps Lacazette can challenge for that spot?
“I did like playing in goal when I was young but my mum wasn’t very keen as she thought being a goalie was too dangerous,” he said.
“She said that I either played as a forward or not at all.
So Lacazette chose to become a striker, and was predictably a bit better than everyone else.
“Sometimes I was embarrassed for the opposition if there was a huge goal difference between the two teams but that didn’t happen all the time,” he added.
“I suppose temperament wise, I was quite reserved. I still am. I just liked playing football with my friends.
“If we lost, of course I was sad. I used to cry at the slightest negative thing. Don’t worry, it’s changed now!”