Arsenal turned down an opportunity to bring Micah Richards to the Emirates Stadium this summer from Manchester City, as reported by Talksport.
After the sale of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona for £15 million in August left Arsenal with only two recognised central defenders, Arsene Wenger was on the lookout for a defensive addition, and Man City product Richards was available for a move.
Despite French manager Wenger being alerted to his availability, the Arsenal boss decided against making a move for the central defender, who has found first team opportunities significantly limited since the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini at City last summer.
Richards eventually moved to Serie A side Fiorentina on loan for the rest of the season on deadline day, with Arsenal instead choosing to sign Calum Chambers from Southampton for £16 million.
Chambers has impressed considerably since the move, but it will be wondered whether Richards could have added another, more secure, option to Arsenal’s defence.