Lucho Gonzalez has admitted that he wanted to leave Marseille in the summer, with the Arsenal target unable to agree to a fee with the club for his move.
Gonzalez has starred for the Ligue 1 side since moving from Porto in 2009, and has attracted attention from numerous European clubs as a result.
And the midfielder has revealed that while clubs such as Arsenal wanted him, the fee placed over his head was difficult to meet.
“I actually wanted to leave Marseille. Various clubs were interested but we were unable to reach an agreement,' Lucho told L'Equipe.
“The reality of the market is that not many clubs are able to pay €10million.
“But I made a commitment that if I left, it was necessary for Marseille to benefit.
“That was not the case and the chapter is closed. Today I am happy to be here.”
Arsenal had been on the lookout for a replacement for Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri in the summer window, and on deadline day the Gunners signed Mikel Arteta.
But Arsenal will no doubt be renewing their interest in Gonzalez in January, with the club hoping to continue to bolster their squad.