There has been some reports which have revealed Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Bernard admits Arsenal have tried to sign him.
The highly-rated Brazilian was on the radar of the Gunners before he move to Donetsk last summer for a fee of £20 million.
And amid big talk that Arsene Wenger could head back in this coming window, he has confirmed that he received an offer last year.
As quoted on the TMW website, he said: “We had offers from Tottenham, and according to my Atletico president Arsenal were interested too, but didn’t have the money.
“All of it happened in a moment Europe was facing a serious financial crisis, so there was interest from various teams, but the only one able to pay straight away was Shakhtar.”