Schalke star Benedict Howedes has reportedly admitted he rejected an offer to sign for Arsenal.
The defender, who won the World Cup with Germany last summer, had a £12million buy-out clause in his Schalke contract that only recently expired.
And he revealed Arsenal and Italian side Inter both tried to force through a move but that ties to Schalke kept him at the club.
“Milan and Arsenal have really been keen on my services, this is what I am able to confirm,” he told kicker-Sportmagazin.
“Still I have not opted against them, I have decided in favour of FC Schalke 04.
“My job is not done here yet. And, especially after last season, I told myself I do not want to leave this way.
“I am a key player of this club.”