Sochaux midfielder Kevin Anin has confirmed Arsenal made an approach to sign him.
Anin, 25, an ex-boxer and product of the famous Le Havre youth system, is desperate to quit the club and failed to turn up for training last week, prompting speculation he was set for a move to Arsenal.
Anin has now admitted there has been contact with Arsene Wenger's side but the Frenchman says talks failed to reach an advanced stage.
"There was an enquiry [from Arsenal], it went away and in the end there was nothing concrete," he told L'Equipe.
The defensive midfielder impressed on trial at Tottenham in 2009, but opted against joining the Premier League side, instead wanting to experience top-flight French football before moving to England.
He is one of many midfielders that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has made enquiries for this summer, with Yann M'Vila and Lucho Gonzalez both being looked at by the French tactician.