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Arda Turan insists Arsenal were not at the level of clubs he wanted to join when he decided to leave Atletico Madrid last summer.

The Turkish star completed a move to Barcelona in a £27m deal, even though he had to wait several months to play for his new club due to a transfer embargo.

Turan, who was previously targeted by Arsenal after impressing at Euro 2008, has revealed he would have turned down the Gunners if he received an offer.

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Speaking to Diara Aria, the 29-year-old claimed his best efforts at Atletico were to attract a club like Barcelona and not Arsene Wenger’s side.

“I felt that I would sign for Barca. Honestly, I thought: ‘If I play very well I’ll end up signing for Barca, because my style fits this team. If I play well [average], finish at Arsenal.’

“For my style, with ball, playing easy, short, aggressive when needed, but especially good, I knew I could get here in Barcelona.”

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