By London correspondent Tony Hughes
Arsenal were in talks over a sensational summer deal to sign German sensational Marcos Reus, according to a report.
Gunners blogger AFCamden has claimed on his website that Arsene Wenger pushed hard to prise the 27-year-old from Borussia Dortmund.
It is said that the deal was on for most of July and August before Arsenal finally accepted defeat and completed the transfer of back-up option Lucas Perez.
The London giants signed Perez from Deportivo La Coruna in the last days of the summer window after triggering the £17million release clause in his contract.
But AFCamden, who has broken a number of Arsenal transfer, contract and injury stories, reports that the Arsenal manager’s first choice to strengthen his forward line was Reus.
It is stated that Wenger turned to the German after being rejected by Leicester spearhead Jamie Vardy in June.
Intermediaries held talks with the player’s representatives after Arsenal were given encouragement that a deal was possible.
But Reus made a late decision in August to reject a move to Emirates Stadium and the club then moved to seal the deal for Perez.
Reus, who predominantly plays in a left-sided forward role, has an outstanding record of 76 goals and 53 assists from 165 Dortmund matches since joining from Borussia Mochengladbach in 2012.
He has also scored nine goals from 29 matches for Germany but missed out on Euro 2016 after suffering a groin injury that has also sidelined him at the start of the new season.
In other Arsenal transfer news, the club are in a four-horse race to sign an £80million-rated striker.