Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted he tried to sign Marseille ace Lucho Gonzalez in the summer.
Wenger made an enquiry for Gonzalez as he looked for a replacement for Cesc Fabregas following his move to Barcelona.
Arsenal tried to land the Argentine playmaker on loan, but the deal fell through and Gonzalez remained at Stade Velodrome.
The Gunners will come up against Gonzalez when they lock horns with Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday night and Wenger is an admirer of the former Porto man.
"Lucho was a player I liked," admitted Wenger. "They didn't want to give him out on loan. We didn't go as far as discussing a permanent move."