Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has spoken of his failure to tempt Bayern Munich-bound Robert Lewandowski to the Emirates Stadium.
Lewandowski will swap Borussia Dortmund for Bayern at the end of the season on a free transfer after signing a pre-contract agreement with the German treble winners.
After declaring his intention not to sign a new deal with Dortmund, Lewandowski was linked with a host of clubs including Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United.
And Szczesny, Lewandowski's international team-mate, has revealed he tried to convince the Poland international to join Arsenal.
"Lewandowski has been my friend for a very long time," the stopper told Arsenal Player after the 2-0 win over Fulham. "I tried my best [to get him to join Arsenal]."
The Gunners have been heavily linked with making a marquee signing in the upcoming summer transfer window, with the club persistently linked with moves for Diego Costa and Karim Benzema.
Despite stating clearly his intentions to leave the Champions League runners up, Lewandowski's impressive form from last term has continued, scoring 11 goals in 16 league games.
Arsenal face Bayern in the last 16 of the Champions League next month but are still in search of an additional striker who can bolster their domestic and European challenge.
Santi Cazorla proved once again the club possess a heap of match winners despite manager Arsene Wenger's desire to sign a new forward, with a double to beat Fulham and keep the north Londoners ahead of Manchester City at the Premier League summit.
The Spaniard's capabilities have been overshadowed by the performances of record signing Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey but Szczesny says Cazorla remains a vital component of Arsenal's team.
"I think Santi's always been a very important player for us and when he plays like he did [against Fulham] he's one of the best in the Premier League," Szczesny said.
"We're very happy to have him and delighted for him because he's not scored a lot of goals and he was getting a bit frustrated so this will be a very enjoyable game for him."