Sunday, April 22, 2012

"It's always incredible to train with players like Van Persie or Walcott." - Sead Hajrovic

Interview with Sead Hajrovic.
Sead Hajrovic, currently plays for Arsenal. He has captained Switzerland Under-18s and was part of the side that won the Under-17s World Cup in 2009.
Find him on Twitter: @SeadHajrovic


Q. Give us a little flash-back on how you ended up playing for Arsenal reserves. How has the whole experience been so far?

     "Well with Grasshoppers Club Zurich, my old team, we always used to go to tournaments in other countries and I always played very well. The Arsenal scouts saw me and kept looking at my performances. Later on, after my first game with the national team, where i played one of my best games, loads of clubs called and Arsenal was one of them. As you can see, I chose to play for them straight away! Since I got here, it has been amazing. I enjoyed every day, every training and every game. It's such an amazing feeling to be part of this club."

Q. How do you rate Arsene Wenger as a coach? How much has he helped you grow as a player?

     "He is a great coach and he definitely knows what he's doing. He also gives a lot of young players chances to be involved with the first team and if you would have the chance to speak to him for a few mins, you would never forget that conversation. He would motivate you in every possible way and tell you exactly what is good and where you have to improve."


Q. You've spent a few months on loan at Barnet. How has your experience been with them? Where do you see Barnet FC in the coming years?

     "That's right, I have. I felt like playing a bit of first team football, to experience how it is in the lower league and what is it all about. It's very rough and tuff football and you don't have a lot of time to think what to do when you get the ball. Everything goes so fast and it's very aggressive.
     It has been a pleasure to be with them. So far, at the moment we have to fight to stay in league two, which I'm sure we will. Later on you never know, they have a great team and good players. If they play well they will have a good future."

Q. Who has been your role model at Arsenal FC? How often do you train with the first team players and how is the experience training with them?

     "My role models I think are Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna, as they play my positions too. Both amazing players, strong, fast and very intelligent but most importantly, they love the game and never give up! 
     I trained quite a few time with the first team and it's always incredible to train with players like Van Persie or Walcott. You just cant get enough!"

Q. Your fans would be curious to know how you spend your time at Arsenal. Give us a brief outline of your daily schedule.

     "When I first came here, I also used to go to college, which I finished one year ago. My day would be like this: wake up, have breakfast and go to training. We had to be in by 9:30 am. Training at 10:30, then lunch and then college from 1:30pm to 3pm. This was my daily schedule for Tuesdays and Thursdays. All the other days, morning would be the same but off all afternoon."

Q. Arsenal has been one of the most successful clubs in Europe. The last few years, however, they've struggled to win a trophy. How long do you think we'll have to wait before Arsenal win the title again? And what do you think must be done to achieve that?

     "Honestly, I don't think we have to wait a lot. I really believe we can win the league next year. We showed we can beat and dominate the game against every club. We just weren't consistent enough. I think it just takes the same performance from beginning of the season until the end. Every game this year we had a hard start, lost few games which we should have won. If this doesn't happen next year, we will win the league."



Questions taken from fans on Twitter/Facebook:

The first question is from Umaima: "What would've you become if not a footballer?"

"That's a question people always ask me. I can't tell you now because football was my only option since I even thought about having a job. It was always football but I am a very smart guy and can speak 3 languages with no problem, so i guess maybe a teacher in languages or a translator or an agent or manager because I would love to do something with football."

Question from Matthew Dean: "Where do you aim to be in five years?"

"5 years, a regular player at the Arsenal football club."


Question from Nathan: "What is your dream life in future?"

"My dream is to be one of the best defenders, live in a villa, have a healthy and happy family and have enough money to make my parents stop working."


Question from Raul: "Who gives you most support in football?"

"My parents and my brother. Without them I wouldn't be where I am now. I cant say thank you enough times for everything they did for me."

More thoughts...


Who's the funniest player in the squad?
"Frimpong I guess"

Can you beat Frimpong in a race?
"Running vise, I guess I might be a bit in front of him in long distance."

Who is the quickest in the reserves squad?
"Benik Afobe"

What is your most memorable moment as an Arsenal player?
"Youth Cup against Ipswich"

One word for Jack Wilshere
"Amazing"

One word for Oguzhan Ozyakup
"Incredible"

One word for Conor Henderson
"Crazy"

One word for Benik Afobe
"Fun"

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Interviewed by Mugais Jahangir

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