Spanish football legend David Villa has revealed he was once "90 per cent sure" he would be joining Arsenal .
The former Valencia, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid forward enjoyed a glittering professional playing career spanning almost two decades.
Villa was arguably at the height of his powers at Euro 2008, where his four goals for Spain earned him the Golden Boot, before featuring in their World Cup win two years later.
Following the World Cup triumph he moved from Valencia to Barcelona, winning the La Liga and Champions League titles in his first season at the Nou Camp.
But after three years with the Catalan club, Villa was set to move on again, and admitted he thought Arsenal was his next destination.
"We were in a lot of meetings and a lot of calls," Villa told BBC Sport . "I felt 90 per cent in that moment that I [would] go to Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.
"But at that moment we didn't arrive at the deal, Atletico Madrid arrived and in three or four days fixed everything.
"I don't know what would have happened if I'd signed for Arsenal. I'm very happy that I signed for Atletico Madrid, not just for winning the league but for everything. I'm very happy to have made that choice."
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