Robert Lewandowski has revealed compatriot Wojciech Szczesny tried to persuade him to sign for Arsenal over Bayern Munich.
The Borussia Dortmund striker was free to speak to clubs in January with six months to run on his deal at Signal Iduna Park - though he was always widely expected to sign for the Bundesliga champions.
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Real Madrid had been linked with hijacking the deal, while Goal revealed in December that Arsene Wenger had included Lewandowski on his five-man January striker shortlist and indeed confirmed his interest in the player last month.
And the Pole has now revealed that Arsenal goalkeeper Szczesny had attempted to persuade him the Emirates Stadium was the best option.
"I can confirm that Wojciech Szcesny tried to convince me to join Arsenal," he told Polish newspaper Fakt.
"We had several talks about this. It was him who did most of the talking, how the club looks inside, what Wenger thinks of me.
"When we trained before the Champions League game at Colney, there were important people from Arsenal at our sessions as well."
Lewandowski, who scored the winner in Dortmund's 2-1 victory at the Emirates back in October, will join Bayern as a free agent this summer.