Arsene Wenger made a deadline day approach for Radamel Falcao, and it wasn't until after it emerged the Colombian striker was joining Manchester United that Arsenal proceeded with negotiations to sign Danny Welbeck.
The Mirror reports that the Gunners boss was up making enquiries at the crack of dawn on the final day of the transfer window last week, after rising as early as 6am to catch a morning flight to Italy.
Wenger went to Rome to take part in the Match for Peace charity event on September 1, and came into criticism from some supporters when it was assumed that Arsenal would not be actively involved in any last minute deals before the deadline.
However, contrary to reports the typically frugal Frenchman was on the ball when it came to late negotiations, and seized the opportunity to begin talks for Welbeck after being made aware of the imminent arrival of Falcao at Old Trafford.
Man Utd deal
The AS Monaco marksman linked up with the Red Devils initially on a season-long loan - at a cost of £6 million - prompting Louis van Gaal to sanction the £16 million sale of the England international to the Emirates.
Falcao will earn £265,000-a-week at Manchester United, becoming the second highest paid player in the Premier League behind new team-mate and captain Wayne Rooney, according to talkSPORT.
Wenger has since insisted that had he not taken the untimely trip to Italy - which also included a meeting with Pope Francis - then the deadline day transfer coup would not have materialised.
The Welbeck deal wasn't actually officially confirmed until 1am the following morning - two hours after the 11pm cut-off point - but Arsenal were successful in their appeal for special dispensation which ultimately allowed the surprise agreement to go through.
It's the first time that Manchester United and Arsenal have done business since the controversial £24 million transfer of Robin van Persie in 2012. The Dutch striker headed in the opposite direction to the one chosen by Welbeck last week, but the 23-year-old will be hoping to have a similarly successful impact during his debut season with a new club.
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