German goalkeeper Rene Adler has revealed that he rejected the chance to move to Arsenal in the past.
28-year-old Adler, who currently represents Bundesliga outfit Hamburg after moving to the Imtech Arena from rivals Bayer Leverkusen last summer, has claimed that the Gunners initially tried to bring him to North London when he was a promising 15-year-old.
He says he rejected that chance, however, and opted instead to join previous employers Leverkusen.
Adler also claims to have been targeted once again by Arsene Wenger's side in 2005, but again no move ultimately materialised.
"When I was 15 there was the opportunity to move to Arsenal, but I decided to go to Leverkusen to get a professional contract there," the German international was quoted by the Daily Mirror.
"There was contact after the Under-20 World Cup in the Netherlands. I played against Lionel Messi and some other big names and there was contact with Arsenal."
Adler - who has won 12 senior international caps so far during his career - was linked with the Gunners once again during the summer as doubts persisted over the capabilities of Wojciech Szczesny, but the experienced stopper admitted he had no contact whatsoever with Arsenal on that particular occasion.
"There was no contact. It's a big honour for me if a club like Arsenal are interested in me, but I've never talked with Arsene Wenger," he added.
Arsenal, who suffered a last-gasp 2-1 defeat to Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, return to domestic action on Saturday with a trip to managerless Crystal Palace.
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