It was me or Welbeck - Nikola Zigic confirms Arsenal talks

Nikola Zigic

Former Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic has confirmed he spoke to Arsenal about a move to the club this summer.

During the silly season of rumours that came out toward the end of the Transfer Deadline day many of them revolved around Arsenal's need for a striker. Which is when the nameof former Birmingham City striker Nikola Zigic got mentioned.

The 33-year-old, 6ft 8 inches tall Serbian who managed just seven goals in the Championship last season was apparently a short term option. Zigic's agent Milan Calasan has even confirmed the approach:

“It is true. Wenger called me on Tuesday afternoon and told me that he wants to bring Zigic to Arsenal. It is clear that you cannot reject an offer like that. But Zigic is the one who must decide. He must say what he wants. But Wenger was clear, he is offering a contract until the end of the season with the option for another 12 months. I know that Arsenal are in a hurry, but Nikola also has offers from Turkey and Switzerland.”

Arsene Wenger had looked into buying the player back in 2006, but said of ending the interest:

"No. I admit we have seen him, but we already have a young Zigic in our youth team. [Nicklas] Bendtner."

But with Olivier Giroud out until January it was being reported that Arsenal were keen on his signature. Many people put it down to simply his agent trying to orchestrate a big move for his client. But now Zigic himself has come out and claimed Arsenal were in contact.

He told the International Business Times:

"Everything that you saw in the press was true. My agent was talking with Arsenal but they finally opted for another player [Welbeck]. We talked with them until the last days of the market. I am very happy because Arsenal had me on their list. I would have liked it. But big teams always consider several alternatives [before signing one]."

According to Zigic it was a decision between him and £16 million new recruit Danny Welbeck from Manchester United. Bet Arsenal fans are glad they have Welbeck now.

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