By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes

Arsenal made an enquiry for Thomas Muller last summer, Football Insider sources understand.

The Gunners asked Bayern Munich about the availability of the Germany World Cup winner but were told he was not for sale.

Arsenal did not follow up with a bid for Muller, and nor was their interest as persistent as that of rival Premier League club Manchester United.

The Gunners’ prime striker target was Karim Benzema but Arsene Wenger was unwilling to meet the Frenchman’s wage demands and a deal could not be finalised.

Bayern president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said recently that Muller, 26, represents the heart of Bayern and would never be sold.

He also told United to stop emailing him about Muller’s availability after Louis van Gaal sanctioned multiple approaches for the versatile forward over the last two summer windows.

Muller, will be part of the Bayern team that travels to Arsenal for Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Emirates Stadium, is contracted to the Bundesliga champions until 2019 but he does not entirely rule out the possibility of a move at some stage.

Striker target: Arsenal failed to prise Karim Benzema from Real Madrid

Striker target: Arsenal failed to prise Karim Benzema from Real Madrid

“I heard what Rummenigge said and it’s nice for me to hear it,’ Muller told Mail Online. “There are never any guarantees in football but I do have a four-year contract and when I go on the pitch and hear fans shout my name, that’s something special.”

Asked about the club president’s quip about the incessant emails United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward kept sending, Muller replied: “That was well said. I had to laugh about that. It was good. The club, as Rummenigge showed, denied it straight away, so it’s not up for discussion.”