Arsenal decided not to pursue a deal for Real Sociedad striker Alexander Isak in the January window because they believe that he was overpriced.
Their number one target in the January window was Dusan Vlahović for whom they were prepared to pay £67 million to Fiorentina.
However, when it became clear that he was determined to join Juventus, they switched their attention to Isak.
When the Swedish international was spotted in London., shortly before deadline day, speculation was rife that he was about to sign for the Gunners.
However, it seems that it was a private shopping trip and was not football related in an y way.
It now transpires that, although the Gunners offered £56 million for him, the Spanish side were only prepared to let the Swede leave the club if his £74.7 million release clause was triggered.
The Gunners felt that was overpriced and pulled back, although they may go back for him in the summer when it is hoped that the la Liga side might be ready to compromise on his valuation.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.