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Antoine Griezmann appears prepared to reject future presents from Arsenal after the north London aspect saved him ready on switch deadline day in 2013.

The French ahead revealed in his ebook, “Behind the Smile”, that he was as soon as on the verge of becoming a member of Arsenal. Officers from the membership, together with supervisor Arsene Wenger, prompt to his agent, Eric Olhats, transfer from Actual Sociedad to the Premier League outfit was possible.

But, with hours remaining earlier than the switch window closed, Griezmann was knowledgeable transfer to Arsenal wasn’t going to unfold.

“I waited, I waited, and I saved ready … when there was no information, Eric referred to as (scout Gilles) Grimandi, who mentioned that the supervisor was nonetheless excited by me (and) to maintain ready,” Griezmann mentioned, in response to an excerpt from his ebook printed by The Telegraph.

“Lastly a number of hours earlier than the market closed, he tell us Arsenal wouldn’t make a transfer. I do not prefer to be instructed one thing and for it to not occur.

“So when Eric instructed me later that the London membership had been once more I instructed him: ‘Neglect it, after the blow they gave us.'”

As a substitute of pursuing the 26-year-old, Arsenal signed Yaya Sanogo, who barely featured within the first staff earlier than he was bought to Toulouse final summer season.

In the meantime, Griezmann went on to hitch Atletico Madrid, the place he is blossomed into one of many high forwards on the earth.

Arsenal will hope to keep away from such oversights following the appointment of outgoing Barcelona director Raul Sanllehi, who was named the membership’s new head of soccer relations Tuesday.