After a string of impressive performances at Euro 2016, Moussa Sissoko was immediately linked with a host of big clubs from all around Europe, one of which was Arsenal.
But, in the end, the Frenchman joined Tottenham at the last minute on deadline day.
And now it appears Gunners striker Olivier Giroud tried to lure Sissoko to the other side of North London before his late switch to Spurs.
Speaking to the French press, in quotes relaid by ESPN, Giroud said: “I told him to give Arsenal the priority. It’s true it was special denouement. Until the end he didn’t know what he’ll do.”
He added: “It’s good for him. I think it was quite a long month for him so it’s good that something could have happened even in the very last moments. It’s great for him.
“Tottenham is a great team in our league. Obviously we all wanted for him after his good Euro and great performances, that he joins a Premier League club.
“In the Premier League Tottenham are an opponent for the trophy this year. I hope he will not be in good conditions against us.”