Saint-Etienne defender Loic Perrin has stated that he had his heart set on a move to to Arsenal after revealing that he was one of the defenders on the Gunners’ short-list.
Perrin was linked with us during the early parts of the January transfer window and a move seemed likely, until Arsene Wenger put an end to speculation.
The boss decided to add the Brazilian Gabriel to the squad instead, filling an area which required strengthening given the lack of options in central defence.
However, Perrin was hoping that the move materialised and given his latest comments, the Frenchman may still harbour hopes of heading to north London in the future.
“There were serious contacts via my agent. I think I was on a shortlist but not at the very top apparently,” Perrin was quoted as saying in the Metro.
“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.”
Loic Perrin will be 30 before next season starts and judging by the manager’s actions, it seems as though Gabriel and Calum Chambers may be our long-term options at centre back.