Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has revealed that he and his teammates wanted Liverpool striker Luis Suarez to sign for the Gunners last summer.
However, that offer was not enough for the Gunners to open talks with the Uruguay international, despite what they had initially been led to believe.
Suarez reluctantly agreed to stay with the Merseyside outfit, before putting pen-to-paper on a new four-and-a-half year contract with the Reds in December.
Mertesacker admits the Arsenal players were excited about the possibility of teaming up with the “cheeky” Suarez - and the Germany international felt that the controversial striker would have fitted in at the Emirates Stadium.
"Suárez is like a cheeky boy, he looks like a cheeky boy who can really switch on and off how he wants to be, so that is really something," Mertesacker revealed in an interview with the Guardian. "When he is on the pitch, what is going on around him doesn't bother him.
"He is just a pure striker and that is what comes out after the transfer requests and him saying: 'It's better for me to leave because I want to play Champions League.'
“When we heard that Arsenal might be interested in him, obviously we were up for it and we thought, 'Yeah, he would fit in.' But after, we got Özil."
Indeed, Arsenal paid a club-record £42.4m fee to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid last summer, but the Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger remains keen to land a world-class striker at the end of the season.
The Frenchman stated earlier this week that he will not go back for Suarez this summer; however, that could change after it was reported that Chelsea plan on making a £55m bid for the South American forward this summer.