St Etienne defender Loic Perrin admits he wanted to move to Arsenal in the January transfer window.
Arsenal made two signings over the last month, bringing in youngster Krystian Bielik and Gabriel Paulista – who Arsene Wenger opted for over Perrin.
However, Perrin has admitted that he wanted the move to London aswell after positive talks took place.
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.
‘A club like Arsenal, I don’t think many Ligue 1 players would refuse.’