Back in February 2013, Arsenal were linked with a summer move for Eintracht Frankfurt player Sebastian Rode.
The Sun claimed Arsene Wenger had been tracking the defensive midfielder for some time, and was keen on a £7.5million move for the then-22-year-old.
Instead, Wenger’s summer spending saw the arrival of Mathieu Flamini and Mesut Ozil, with Rode remaining where he was.
It later transpired that the German under-21 international was closing in on a free-transfer to Bayern Munich the following summer – a move that has now been confirmed by the reigning European champions – and Rode has spoken of the apparent interest in him from the Gunners and other clubs both in England and across Europe.
In an interview with Sport Bild, when asked about the reported interest of the likes of Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan, Rode replied, “(Bayern’s) sporting director Matthias Sammer quickly contacted my advisors Branko Panic and Thomas Kroth. I asked my advisors early to perform no negotiations with other clubs.”
So it seems that whatever interest Arsenal had in Rode, he had no inclination to move anywhere other than Bayern.
Given their reputation in the game and recent success, that is no surprise. But Arsenal will no doubt be hoping that future targets find them a far more appealing option, as they look to strengthen sufficiently this summer and beyond in order to maintain a sustained – and dare I say it successful – title challenge.