Takehiro Tomiyasu said he was set to join Tottenham Hotspur on deadline day but decided to move to Arsenal once they came for him.
The Japan international completed a summer move from Bologna to Serie A for a reported £17million.
He has already made a huge impact at the Emirates and is unbeaten since arriving in north London.
Following the departure of Hector Bellerin – who left to sign for Real Betis on loan – Tomiyasu has so far made the right-back position his own and continues to put in impressive displays.
Nevertheless, he was actually close to joining Tottenham at one point but once Arsenal called he decided on a late switch.
“I thought I couldn’t join Arsenal,” he told DAZN Japan. “I thought I was going to Spurs. On deadline day I rejected them. Arsenal asked me to join them and I did immediately.”
His comments caused a stir between Arsenal and Tottenham fans.
From the Gunners’ perspective, it’s another example that their club is the most attractive proposition for some of the best footballers in the world.
Meanwhile, Spurs fans claim he made up the whole story because their club chose to sign Emerson Royal over Tomiyasu.
Take a look at what was said on Twitter.
Royal, 22, also completed a transfer on deadline day after securing a £26million transfer to Barcelona’s Lilywhites in August.
The Brazilian – who signed a five-year contract – has been playing regularly but given Spurs’ inconsistent form of late, he may not have received as much recognition as Tomiyasu so far.
That may change, however, and now that he’s proven winner Antonio Conte to be his new boss, perhaps Spurs fans could have the final say in this debate.