Anfield hero reveals he came close to joining Emirates side.
Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has revealed in his autobiography how close he came to leaving the club and joining Arsenal in the summer of 2010.
The 29-year-old had grown disillusioned with the Reds due to broken promises from the owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.
The Spain international had seen his team finish seventh and manager Rafa Benitez had just left to join Inter Milan.
Arsenal then came knocking and offered £20million for his services and despite having just signed a new six-year deal, Reina admits it was tempting.
“When I signed my six-year contract I did so because my belief in the club outweighed my doubts about it,” Reina wrote in his book, which is being serialised in the Times.
“But as early as the following July I was already asking myself if I had done the right thing as Arsenal came in for me, ready and willing to offer me an escape route from the turmoil at Liverpool.
“At that time, our owners were at war with each other, the club’s debts were spiralling out of control and a change in manager had failed to dispel the feeling that we were on the road to nowhere.
“So when I got the £20million offer from Arsenal it put me in a position in which I did not know what to do because nothing was clear about Liverpool’s future at that moment.
“Arsenal’s offer was made to look very attractive to me.
“They were in the Champions League and were almost certain to qualify for it again and we were a long way short of that kind of standard.
“But when Liverpool received the bid they rejected it, telling me that I was going nowhere.”
Reina though was adamant he never asked to leave Liverpool as he loved the club and respected the fans too much.
“Despite all of this and even though I was extremely worried at the direction the club was heading, I never got to the point where I felt I had no choice that I had to leave,” he added.
“At one stage there was a report claiming I had asked to leave but that never happened either, all that did was make me angry because I did not want the supporters to think I was pushing for a move.”