Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen says he was contacted by Arsenal during the off-season before eventually settling on their north London rivals.
The Belgium international signed a long-term contract with the White Hart Lane outfit, and has gone on to start two of their three Premier League matches so far.
His future was uncertain for a long time, however, and the former Ajax captain revealed he questioned Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp over both clubs.
“(Bergkamp) knows Tottenham are a very big club. He’s a very good guy, and I get along with him very well,” the 25-year old told Sky Sports.
“I chose Spurs because they gave me a good feeling. I spoke to Daniel Levy and Rafael van der Vaart. Arsenal did try to sign me, but I’d already made my decision that I wanted to play (for Spurs).
“(Arsenal captain) Thomas (Vermaelen) told me (the Arsenal and Tottenham rivalry) was like Ajax and Feyenoord.
“They’re big rivals but when I walk down the street even the Arsenal fans have been very respectful.”
Tottenham will look to secure their first victory of the season when they travel to Reading on Sunday.