Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry has revealed that he spoke to Arsenal before completing a season-long loan move to Everton during the summer, reports Sky Sports.
The 32-year-old was allowed to leave the Etihad Stadium after being deemed surplus to requirements by new Citizens boss Manuel Pellegrini.
Arsene Wenger was credited with an interest in bringing Barry to the Emirates Stadium, but ended up capturing the signature of former Gunners star Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer.
"There was a bit of contact with Arsenal and they were interested, but I think they went down the road with (Mathieu) Flamini," he confirmed.
Regarding his current situation at Goodison Park, Barry hinted that he'd be happy to pledge his future to Everton, as he prepares to enter the final six months of his Manchester City contract.
When the transfer window reopens in January, the former England international will be free to negotiate with other clubs about a prospective free transfer move at the end of the season, but insists that his immediate future in Roberto Martinez's side will remain his number one priority.
"Personally, it's a really strange situation, I've never had it before," added Barry. "A lot of people have spoken to me and said you could have so many options going into your last year.
"But, for me, now it's just about playing for Everton, keeping a good run of form going and taking it from there."