Arsenal reportedly made approaches for two central defenders before completing a deal for Chelsea's David Luiz in the latter stages of the English transfer window.
The Gunners surprisingly signed Luiz from their London rivals on transfer deadline day, with the Brazil international moving across London in an £8m deal.
However, according to The Telegraph, Unai Emery's side made enquiries for both RB Leipzig's Dayot Upamecano and Juventus's Daniele Rugani before settling on a deal for Luiz ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
The English club did sign another centre-back during the summer in the shape of William Saliba, although the 18-year-old was immediately loaned back to Saint-Etienne until next summer.
The 32-year-old made 105 appearances during his second spell with Chelsea, while he missed just two of the club's 38 Premier League games during the 2018-19 campaign.body check tags ::