Schalke's on-loan Ibrahim Afellay claims Arsenal failed in transfer bid
By Francisco Acedo. Last Updated: October 24, 2012 7:14pm
Ibrahim Afellay: The midfielder claims Arsenal could not agree a fee with PSV or Barcelona
Ibrahim Afellay will not be trying to prove Arsenal made a mistake by failing to sign him when Schalke visit Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night.
The on-loan Dutchman claims he was wanted by Arsene Wenger during his previous spell at PSV Eindhoven and parent club Barcelona but a fee could not be agreed.
Afellay will therefore be a visiting player in London for the UEFA Champions League Group B match, when Schalke will aim to close a two-point gap to Arsenal at the top of the table.
But the midfielder is not on a one-man mission to make a statement of his ability to the Gunners and is instead only focused on ensuring his club avoid losing.
Afellay told Sky Sports: "Arsenal were interested in me in the last few years at PSV and Barcelona. But, finally, it was not possible to close the subject.
"I believe that money was the difference between the clubs.
"This match is not personal revenge for me. I do not need to demonstrate anything against Arsenal. But our objective is to leave London without defeat.
"The scouts of Wenger have always liked my work but have never made the decisive move. But this is not a trauma for me."