Former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek has revealed how he came close to joining Barclays Premier League rivals Arsenal reports the London Metro.
The recently retired Polish stopper spent six years on Merseyside, turning out over 120 times for the Reds, with the highlight of his Liverpool career coming in the historic UEFA Champions League final win over AC Milan in 2005.
Dudek moved to Anfield in a £5million deal from Feyenoord in 2001, when former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier beat a host of top European clubs to his signature.
However, in an exclusive interview with Arsenal Poland website Gunners.com.pl, the 38-year-old revealed how he almost became a Gunner instead.
"I was in talks with [Arsene] Wenger," Dudek confirmed. "It was basically all agreed.
"I came back to Feyenoord with hope that the clubs will agree a fee, but Feyenoord wanted £10 million pounds. Wenger was only willing to give £7 million.
"Two months later Liverpool bought me for £5 million. That's when Wenger contacted me and my agent and asked why didn't Feyenoord sell me for £7million earlier but accepted £5 million from Liverpool. I was very close to playing for the Arsenal team, the team which won a lot of trophies."
Arsenal's failure to land Dudek meant Wenger turned to promising Ipswich Town goalkeeper Richard Wright, paying a reported £6million for his services.
But Wright failed to settle in north London, leaving Arsenal just a year later, and is still considered to be one of Wenger's biggest flop signings in his 15-year tenure.