Bruno Guimaraes has revealed why he chose to join Newcastle United over Arsenal during the January transfer window.
The Gunners had been heavily linked with a move for the Brazilian international over the last few months before he eventually sealed a shock move to the Magpies just after the turn of the year.
And now the tough-tackling midfielder has admitted that he spoke to other clubs that were interested in his services but refused to mention the north London club by name.
When asked about Arsenal’s interest, Guimaraes told Sky Sports: “I did speak to some other clubs, but the only concrete offer came from Newcastle and I really wanted to come here.
“I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League and on top of that it was the start of a new sporting project for the club.”
The former Lyon star also has claimed that he wants to win the UEFA Champions League and Premier League with the Tyneside-based club.
The 24-year-old added: “If a club has a project and wants to aspire to the maximum, then it’s going to involve winning the Champions League.
“It’s the biggest club competition in the world and obviously we’re keen on winning the Premier League as well.
“The Premier League is fast and intense. Its physicality is similar to France but the Premier League is definitely faster but the best way to learn is by practicing so when I play, I’ll be able to learn quickly.”
Newcastle currently find themselves 14th in the league table, an impressive feat considering they were rooted to the bottom of the pile just a couple of months ago.
Arsenal have also enjoyed a solid few months and are now fourth in the current standings, one point ahead of fourth-placed Manchester United despite having played three less league fixtures than the Red Devils.