Barcelona midfielder Marcus McGuane has admitted a lack of opportunities and communication with Arsene Wenger forced him to leave Arsenal .
On Wednesday, McGuane became the first Englishman to play for Barca in 29 years since Gary Lineker after featuring against Espanyol in the Catalan Super Cup.
After more than decade in Arsenal’s reserves and youth-teams, McGuane swapped London for Catalonia and has made four appearances for Barcelona B.
And in an interview with the Daily Mail, the 19-year-old revealed a lack of assurances from Arsen Wenger about first-team action was the catalyst for him to leave.
He said: “I was getting frustrated by a lack of opportunities, it is good to train but I did not want my performance to plateau and stay at the same level.
“This step made sense.
“I didn't have any conversations with him [Wenger]. I thought if I kept working hard, I would get opportunities.
“It didn't come.”
Although capped by England at various different youth levels, McGuane felt opportunities would be hard-pressed to find if he stayed at home.
After watching international colleague Jordan Sancho move from Manchester City to Borussia Dortmund , the Woolwich-born midfielder felt it best for his career to move abroad.
“There's no grudge but I felt the best thing was to find another way,” he said.
“If you want to be at a place to develop and get first-team football , maybe you have to look elsewhere than Arsenal.
“Before, English footballers were less adventurous. Now we see opportunities elsewhere.”