Defender snubbed Gunners move
Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says Arsenal failed with a late move to sign him because he had his heart set on AC Milan.
The Gunners made an approach for the defender ahead of the deadline but were told a deal would not happen as Italian giants AC Milan were also in the running and the player wanted a move to the San Siro.
However Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin blocked the move, much to the frustration of the player, who claims there was an agreement between the two parties allowing him to leave.
Either way, Arsenal's approach was knocked back and Arsene Wenger was left empty handed.
"The chairman told me I have an agreement to leave," the player revealed. "AC Milan came for me. But the chairman refused the offer. So I understood it would be difficult.
"Arsenal came to make an attempt. But I was focused on something else. I was disappointed when I understood it could not be sorted out with Milan.
"The chairman is our boss, our godfather, the one who educated us and gave us an opportunity. We have to show respect."