US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray has revealed that playing for Arsenal would be an “ultimate” dream for him, had he chosen a career in football rather than tennis.
Murray, a lifelong Hibernian fan, has enjoyed the finest year of his career to date, claiming his first Grand Slam title at the fifth time of asking with victory at the US Open and winning singles gold and doubles silver at the London 2012 Olympics.
But, in a Twitter Q&A with fans courtesy of FIFA.com on Tuesday, the 25-year-old British No1 admitted he would have loved to have played for Arsenal had he pursued a career in football instead.
“It would have been great to play for @HibernianFCClub, but the ultimate would have been @Arsenal,” said Murray.
Asked to compare himself with anyone in the current Arsenal line-up Murray picked England midfielder Jack Wilshere as he also likes to be “pulling the strings in midfield” but is not afraid to “get stuck in” when he plays the game.
Murray will, however, be doing what he does best when he returns to Abu Dhabi later this month in the Mubadala Tennis World Championship.
Murray, who takes on Janko Tipsarevic in the opening match of the event, will be making his first appearance in the UAE capital since he won the inaugural event in 2009.