Arsène Wenger has confirmed that Gonzalo Higuain was an Arsenal target in the summer.
Newspaper reports linked the Argentinian striker to the Club but he eventually joined Tuesday's Champions League opponents Napoli from Real Madrid.
"We were working on two or three targets and he was one of them," Wenger said. "It didn't come off in the end, that doesn't take anything away from his quality.
"Napoli took advantage of that at the right moment, it's more about timing as well.
"In the end Real Madrid sold two great players, one of them went to Napoli, one [Mesut Ozil] went to Arsenal so it's 1-1 on that front."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 28 Sep 2013