Saint-Etienne centre-back Loic Perrin has revealed that he was keen to join Arsenal during the last transfer window.
The Ligue 1 star was heavily linked with the Gunners through January, after it emerged that he was on a shortlist of players being considered by Arsene Wenger to solve his rearguard issues.
However, Gabriel Paulista was the man the Arsenal boss eventually went for, swooping in the last week of the transfer window to bring the Brazilian in from Villarreal.
The move saw any potential raid for Perrin shelved, and the 29-year-old says that, although interest was strong, the switch fell through, which came as a disappointment to him:
“There have been serious contacts through my agent. I think I was on a shortlist but not at the top, apparently!” he is quoted by Goal.
“A move in the [January] transfer window? It’s always complicated but it’s hard to deny Arsenal.
“I have always said that, if I had to leave ASSE one day, it would be for a bigger club to play in the Champions League. A club like Arsenal. I do not think many players in Ligue 1 would refuse them.”
Wenger publically denied wanting Perrin last month, even though the experienced defender has been one of Saint-Etienne’s most impressive performers for some time.
Arsenal also signed Polish youngster Krystian Bielik from Legia Warsaw last month.