Former Manchester United player Kieran Richardson has admitted he’s an Arsenal fan and plans to buy a season ticket next season, however he didn’t let that affect his performances during his playing days.
Kieran Richardson played for Manchester United from 2002 to 2007, while also playing for a number of other Premier League sides including the likes of Fulham & Sunderland.
Unfortunately for the 38-year-old Arsenal was never one of the teams he played for, despite being a fan of the club and interestingly, Richardson didn’t actually face an opponent more times than he played against Arsenal (18) in his career.
Kieran Richardson on being an Arsenal fan…
“I watch football so much now – I did not watch it much as a footballer – I did not really care. Now as someone not playing, I enjoy being an Arsenal fan – I am buying a season ticket next season.
I am an Arsenal fan but when you play for a club, you are not thinking about Arsenal. Whichever club you are at, that is the team you are riding for. I knocked Arsenal out of the FA Cup and I scored against them.”
The defender managed three wins in Arsenal games and that one goal in the FA Cup in 2011/12, whilst he was on the losing side nine times, most notably in the 2015 FA Cup final, in which the Gunners ran out 4-0 winners at Wembley against Aston Villa.
Far from taking it easy, Richardson picked up seven bookings in those Arsenal matches, again the joint-most he received against any club in his career.
The other club he picked up seven bookings against? Tottenham Hotspur. Perhaps his fan allegiances showed a little in that fixture.