The Tottenham defender has revealed he was pursued by both north London Clubs, and that he spoke to former Gunners forward Dennis Bergkamp regarding his future
The Belgium international signed a long-term contract with the White Hart Lane outfit, and has gone on to start two of their three Premier League matches so far.
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"[Bergkamp] knows Tottenham are a very big club. He's a very good guy, and I get along with him very well," the 25-year old told Sky Sports.
"I chose Spurs because they gave me a good feeling. I spoke to Daniel Levy and Rafael van der Vaart. Arsenal did try to sign me, but I'd already made my decision that I wanted to play [for Spurs].
"[Arsenal captain] Thomas [Vermaelen] told me [the Arsenal and Tottenham rivalry] was like Ajax and Feyenoord.
"They're big rivals but when I walk down the street even the Arsenal fans have been very respectful."
Tottenham will look to secure their first victory of the season when they travel to Reading on Sunday.