Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain admits it was an honour to be linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer, and that he has great respect for Arsene Wenger, reports Sky Sports.
Ahead of tonight's Champions League Group F encounter at the Emirates Stadium, the Argentina international spoke out about his admiration for the north London suitors, but reiterated that he made the right decision to move to Serie 'A'.
"I was honoured by Arsenal's interest, I have great respect for Wenger and the idea to be in his plans filled me with pride," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"But I think my decision to come to Napoli was the best, I'm really happy with this choice."
The 25-year-old swapped Real Madrid for Stadio San Paolo in a £32million deal, linking up with Rafa Benitez in Naples.
And, Higuain has hit the ground running since his move to Italy, having already netted four goals in seven appearances in all competitions, the most recent of which coming in Napoli's 2-1 victory over AC Milan on September 22.
The South American striker opened his Champions League account for the season in the 2-1 victory over 2013 finalists Borussia Dortmund, and will be hoping to add to his European tally against Arsenal this evening.
"I hope that tonight will be a spectacular match, both the two teams are equipped to win," he added.