Arsenal tried to sign Jesus Navas back in 2010, but the Spanish star felt that the timing was wrong for him to move, reports The Sun.
Three years later though, and at 27 he feels moving to the Premier League was the right decision, and that this was the time to do it.
The reasoning behind his Arsenal snub, the £15 million man has revealed, was because Sevilla were still enjoying success on the pitch - while Arsenal infamously haven't done for some time now.
"When Arsenal came in it was the year when Sevilla won the Spanish Cup," Navas told the Sun.
"I was still winning things and achieving things at Sevilla and therefore it wasn't the right time to move. But we haven't won anything for two or three years and I feel now is the right time to move on.
"I always demand 100% from myself so for that reason it was the right time to move. I am ambitious to win things. I've always pushed myself and it was the right time to go."
Navas has also insisted that he has joined Manchester City to win things, so that he can compete at the games highest level. This comes shortly after fellow new signing Stevan Jovetic has said the same thing, claiming that Man City are always challenging for the Premier League and Champions League.
Navas had suffered from homesickness during his career preventing him from moving club or travelling with the Spanish squad in the past too.
However, he is convinced it's all in the past by at least a few years, although admits he has never been to Manchester before. Moving someone he has never been before, after so many years at a club he calls home, could prove challenging, though he believes his team-mates will help with any issues he may incur.
"Those problems were a few years ago now, it's all in the past and I've moved on. Otherwise I wouldn't be here. I'm ready for this.
"My team-mates will help a lot but this is something I really want. I'm here to play football and achieve really big things.
"So that is driving me to adapt here to the football and the culture. I plan to learn the language quickly. I have a wife and baby - having them with me in England will help me settle.
"But I haven't visited Manchester yet. All everyone keeps telling me is that the weather is terrible. I think it's very different from Seville.
"It's an exciting time to be joining City and I'm confident we will enjoy the season and do great things together."
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