Brazil star held Arsenal talks prior to west London switch

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Julio Cesar claims he met with Arsenal before taking the decision to link up with Queens Park Rangers, reports Sky Sports.

The Brazilian goalkeeper arrived in the Premier League over the summer in a surprise switch from Inter Milan.

However the 33-year-old revealed that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger had made contact with his representatives, prior to agreeing a move to Loftus Road.

"I accepted this proposal because I wanted to live in London," he told the Sunday People. "I have an amazing way of life here and I'm giving my family a great opportunity to grow up culturally.

"I talked with Arsenal in the last transfer window, and they were really happy about me playing for them, but at the last minute I moved to QPR.

"QPR has a project, and I dream about that project coming true. But I came here because I was thinking about my future once I quit football, that's true."

QPR are currently rock-bottom of the Premier League table, without a win in their first 11 games in 2012/13. But, Cesar is confident that Mark Hughes' side have what it takes to avoid relegation this campaign.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are at risk of losing their stranglehold on that all-important top four spot, with Champions League qualification of utmost importance to Wenger and co.

The north Londoners currently lie eighth in the table with 16 points, following yesterday's agonising 3-3 draw with Fulham at the Emirates Stadium.

Olivier Giroud scored twice, either side of a Lukas Podolski goal, while Mikel Arteta missed a stoppage time penalty to deny the Gunners all three points.

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