Robin van Persie “had spoken to Arsenal” about signing Rafael van der Vaart before he joined Tottenham.
Van der Vaart moved to Tottenham from Real Madrid in 2010, staying in north London for two years before leaving in 2012.
The Dutchman was a key part of the Tottenham side that reached the Champions League quarter-finals in 2011.
He endeared himself to the fans with 28 goals in 77 games, four in four Premier League games against the Gunners.
But he could have played for Arsene Wenger’s side had Van Persie’s advice been acted on.
“I had several conversations with Robin van Persie, my team-mate on the Dutch side, and he had spoken to Arsenal about me a few times, but I never heard anything,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I didn’t regret it – joining Spurs was the best thing that happened to me.”
The Dutchman has also explained how he almost joined Liverpool while he was still with Ajax.
“I actually had the chance to move to the Premier League a lot earlier,” he said, again talking to FourFourTwo. “When I was about 19, Gerard Houllier wanted to take me to Liverpool.
“I was flattered, of course, but at the time I wasn’t that interested in moving abroad. However, my agent said it would be a good idea to give Houllier a call.
“He explained that he had talked about me with Michael Owen, who had said he would be happy to play with me at Liverpool. It was amazing to hear that, but I was still sure I wanted to remain at Ajax.”
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