While playing for Boca Juniors in 1982, Maradona wanted to play for Arsenal but the move was blocked by the Football Association.
Diego Maradona, the £4million Argentina superstar admitted last night: “I want to play for Arsenal."
Maradona, who is reported to earn a staggering £7,500 a week with Boca Juniors, broke his silence on a possible move to Highbury which had been set up by former Luton and Sheffield United manager Harry Haslam.”
Haslam has been acting as an Arsenal spy in South America but as he travelled back to London with his report the Football Association vowed to block any move by Arsenal to bring Maradona to England.
League secretary Graham Kelly confirmed that the Management Committee didn't want foreign players from outside the EEC being granted a work permit for two years.