Boca Juniors winger Cristian Pavon has confirmed that he did consider the possibility of moving to Arsenal, but opted against a switch to the Premier League.
Speaking to Radio Rivadavia (quotes via Losandes), the 22 year old said he was flattered by the interest from the Gunners, but wanted to remain in Argentina to give himself the best chance of making the World Cup:
“The Premier [League] is a very beautiful place, it makes me very happy that a team as big as Arsenal loves me, but I started to analyse it and I wanted to stay because of the World Cup.”
The Independent reported in early January that Arsenal were weighing up whether to trigger Pavon’s $37m (£26m) release clause, but both the player’s club and agent denied that the London side made a formal bid.
It seems that there was genuine interest in the Argentinian international, but it looks as though that even if the Gunners had placed an offer on the table for the winger, he would have still have stayed in Argentina.
Pavon has made 13 appearances in all competitions for Boca this season, scoring four goals and providing six assists.