St Etienne star Loic Perrin has admitted he held serious talks with Arsenal during the January transfer window.
The 29-year-old was heavily linked with a move to north London after impressing for Saint-Étienne in Ligue 1 this season.
And he has admitted that serious talks took place, but was not at the top of Arsene Wenger’s shopping list.
As quoted on the Sky Sports website, he said: “There were serious contacts via my agent. I think I was on a shortlist but not at the very top apparently.
“A transfer in this window, it is difficult. But it is difficult to refuse Arsenal. I have always said that if I have to leave St Étienne, one day, it would be for a bigger club, a club that plays Champions League.
“I don’t think many Ligue 1 players would refuse a club such as Arsenal.”