​Brazil legend Pele has revealed that he'd prefer to play for Arsenal rather than Chelsea if given the chance.

Considered by many as the greatest to ever play the game, the 74-year-old spent the majority of his prime with Santos where he scored an incredible 1088 goals in 1115 matches and won six league titles that matched up nicely with his international record, having claimed three World Cups.

While speaking to the Telegraph, Pele recounted the similarities between Barcelona's style and that of his famous Santos and Brazil side of the 70s.

When posed the question of which English Premier League giant he'd have played for, the Brazilian opted for the North London outfit due to the fact that they play an identical brand of football to Barcelona.

"Arsenal would be a good team to play for," Pele told the Telegraph. "I like the teams that play open football. Today it is difficult to decide which teams play that way


"Barcelona are the closest in style to Santos and are almost the same style as Brazil in 1970.

"Between Chelsea and Arsenal? I would play for Arsenal if I had the chance."


Pele met with members of the Arsenal team at Highbury in 1981 as part of a sponsorship with an Atari Championship soccer game.