Ismet Lushaku has revealed that he was all set for a trial at Arsenal before head coach Mikel Arteta fell ill.
It looks like the Gunners were interested in the 19-year-old midfielder, who plays for Swedish side AFC Eskilstuna.
But Arsenal’s interest coincided with the global health emergency, which Arteta was personally affected by.
The 38-year-old tested positive for the virus on March 12, shortly before the Premier League season was suspended.
But Lushaku is confident that the North Londoners could well come knocking for him again once a sense of normality has returned.
He told Fotboll Skanalen: “They had been looking at me for a while and wanted to see me in their environment. I then received an invitation to go and train and play with the U23 team.
“Three days before I went to Mikel Arteta contracted corona and after that I was told that no one was allowed to come in anymore for trial games and those who were there for trial games should go home, as they did not want to risk me being infected or that I could be infected and infect people there.
“It was a little tough, but it was still good, too. Health comes before, even if one had wanted to come and train with a club like Arsenal, see how they train with their conditions and such. It was a bit sour, but my chance will come again if they are really interested.”
It could be quite a while before a sense of normality has returned with regards to transfers.
The football itself could return next month if a proposal to play games in Australia comes to fruition, but the transfer window is another thing entirely.
Arsenal were obviously only interested in signing him as an Under-23 player initially, so the Gunners wouldn’t have needed to break the bank for Lushaku anyway.