Paris Saint-Germain made enquiries, but Arsenal's insistence that he was their number one choice was the final straw for Mathieu Debuchy and he decided to undertake the "brutal" step to join the Gunners.
The right-back moved to Emirates Stadium from Newcastle United in the summer in a deal reportedly in the region of £10million, and he has told La Voix du Nord of how his representatives also had talks with the current Ligue 1 champions.
Debuchy described how the move to Arsenal was wrapped up during the World Cup in Brazil, where he was representing France, and that the speed at which it happened left him with little time for a fulsome depart from St James' Park.
"PSG talked to my agents but they said I wasn't their priority, That was the end of it. There were rumours of greater or lesser foundation. There was talk, but it never went anywhere," he said, with the quotes being run by the Daily Express.
It has been a difficult season for the 29-year-old, who looked at home almost immediately in the Gunners back four, but has seen two major injuries completely disrupt his season.
He spoke about the departure from Newcastle as being not entirely ideal in terms of what he would have liked to have happened, but was not about to turn down the chance to join Arsene Wenger's side and was enthused by the way he was treated by Newcastle upon leaving.
"It [leaving] was tricky. Everything was done quickly during the World Cup so I could not say goodbye. The president called me - he does not do that with everyone - so it was a big gesture on his part," he added.
"It means I did good things at Newcastle. It was a bit difficult for me because I had a good relationship with the fans and staff at the club. It was brutal but I'm very happy to be at Arsenal."
An Unfortunate Set of Circumstances
Debuchy was undoubtedly going to be the first choice right-back at Arsenal when he arrived, as the previous incumbent, Bacary Sagna, left for Manchester City on a free transfer and he had kept the long-serving Gunner out of the France side.
But torn ankle ligaments after falling awkwardly in the game against the reigning Premier League champions earlier in the season kept him out for three months. Soon after his return from that injury he was pushed by Stoke's Marko Arnautovic and ended up dislocating his shoulder.
In the time he has spent on the sidelines Debuchy has had to watch the emergence of young Spaniard Hector Bellerin. The former Barcelona academy member was given an opportunity early in the season by Wenger and has taken the opportunity with both hands.
Debuchy's experience is likely to stand him in good stead once he is playing again, but the searing pace and attacking verve of the teenage pretender for his place has seen him become a favourite of Arsenal fans.
Calum Chambers has also performed well in the position this season, but the former Southampton man looks destined for a centre-back role eventually. Wenger has a decision to make though and opting for Bellerin is not at all farfetched.
It would be a painful blow for Debuchy, who looked certain to spend the next couple of years as the regular right-back at the Emirates, but this is now far from certain - all because of two unfortunate, innocuous-looking, falls at his new home.
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