The Gunners were heavily linked with the services of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yacine Adli, who was even pictured in London after reportedly holding talks with the north London side, before agreeing to a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions.
17-year-old Adli was persuaded to stay in the French capital, which surprised many, and French journalist Loic Tanzi has explained why a move fell through.
“Yacine’s has been particularly exceptional case, at a time when many young players are leaving PSG. A few clubs had been interested in him, notably Arsenal.
“It depends on the source – some of them were saying that he’d agreed to sign but then turned around and decided to stay at PSG, but those closer to him said that it wasn’t a U-turn and that he hadn’t agreed anything with Arsenal – he simply had the two options on the table but decided to stay at PSG.
“This is a specific case where you have to be careful, as you could have rushed things and said that the transfer was done, as I did, but in fact nothing had been signed.
“Paris took a hold of the situation, a lot of things happened behind the scenes and in the end Yacine decided to stay.”