Benedikt Howedes has told Kicker that Arsenal and AC Milan were very much in the hunt for his signature before he decided to commit himself to Schalke.
The 27-year-old, who has been capped by Germany on 32 occasions, revealed the interest from both North London and Italy, conceding that he had thought about it, before going with his gut and sticking with the Bundesliga giant.
‘’These two clubs [Arsenal and AC Milan] were really interested,’’ said Howedes. ‘’But in the end I decided to stay at Schalke.’’
Howedes captained Schalke to a disappointing sixth-place finish in the Bundesliga last season and has already seen a change in management, with Roberto Di Matteo stepping down and former Paderborn boss Andre Breitenreiter coming in.
The West German side will be hoping for much better next season, and keeping their club captain would have been a key part of their plans.
Should Arsenal feel disappointed to miss out on Howedes?
Although Arsenal will be in for defenders this summer, Howedes was a unique proposition as he can play a number of different roles to a very high standard.
The 27-year-old would have been an excellent edition to the Gunners squad, particularly the matchday squad, as he could cover the whole backline and effectively be worth two defenders on the bench.
Arsene Wenger will no doubt have other plans in mind for the summer, but the signing of Howedes could have been a shrewd one for the Premier League title hopefuls.