Marseille's Lucho Gonzalez: Arsenal were interested in me but wanted a ‘younger player’

The creative midfielder revealed that the Premier League club's interest was the only reason he was considering a new challenge
Marseille midfielder Lucho Gonzalez confirmed that Arsenal expressed an interest in his services.

The Argentine was strongly linked with the exit door at Marseille throughout the summer transfer window after two years at the Ligue 1 side.

Malaga, Roma and Arsenal were all credited with an interest in Lucho, who ended up staying at the Stade Velodrome.

The 30-year-old has now revealed that it was never his wish to leave Marseille, but confessed that he was excited by Arsenal's interest.

"I did not want to go, but an opportunity to play for Arsenal appeared and that interest should make any player proud, especially when one is reaching his 30s," he told La Nacion.

"An agreement was not reached because they wanted a younger player whom they could later sell and they went after that kind of player."

After finding himself out of Argentina's plans for almost two-and-a-half years, Lucho admitted he was surprised with his call-up for the upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Nigeria.

"There were times in which I thought that my spell with the national team was over," Lucho noted.

"One does not want to dwell on why he is not called up, but it is hard. You always maintain the hope until the call-up list comes out. The coaches have their preferences and sometimes you are not part of the squad, you just have to respect that.

"I did not expect to be in [Alejandro] Sabella's first list, but here I am, excited and trying to enjoy this the most. I will try to make the most out of this opportunity, just like I did during [Marcelo] Bielsa's first list."