Monaco defender Djibril Sidibe says Arsenal were interested in securing his services during the last transfer window, but he had already decided to sign for the Ligue 1 club.
The 24-year-old was reportedly closely monitored by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger prior to acquiring World-Cup winning centre-back Shkodran Mustafi.
Sidibe recalls the chain of events, telling Le10Sport: "I came from a big season with plenty of goals.
"I had been decisive on many occasions. After, there was this call-up for the France team. Somehow I expected offers. It came.
"It is true that this offer [from Arsenal] came at the last moment. I had already made my choice for Monaco. But it's very flattering.
"Today, Arsenal is one of the biggest teams in the world. As I said, today I am in Monaco. I'm happy and I know it has been interpreted in a certain way. But that's part of the trade."
The Frenchman has made 16 appearances for the Principality outfit in all competitions this season since arriving from Lille in July on a five-year deal.