Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he would have been interested in signing Gary Cahill in the transfer window.
The Bolton centre-back was the subject of summer-long speculation and Arsenal were said to have failed in a bid before Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp revealed he failed in a deadline day offer.
Wenger instead opted to sign 76-time Germany international Per Mertesacker from Werder Bremen ahead of Cahill, who made only his fifth appearance for England in the win over Wales.
The Arsenal boss, who sees his side host Swansea on Saturday, thinks Cahill, 25, is a promising player, but has indicated he was keen to secure the experience his squad has been criticised for lacking.
"I don't want to compare. Personally, I like Cahill as a player," said Wenger.
"Both are good players. Mertesacker is a good player. He is more experienced. He has more international experience.
"Cahill is a young, promising English player. I suppose he would have done well for us."