Former Liverpool shot stopper Jerzy Dudek, has revealed that he was to Liverpool by Feyenoord even when the Gunners made more offers for him, according to reports.
Dudek joined Liverpool in the summer of 2001 from Dutch side Feyenoord and he imposed himself on the team of Gerard Houlier as first choice goalie in the stead of Sander Westerveld.
The Poland international was a key figure for Liverpool over his six year spell at Anfield and he is still remembered for his success with the club.
According to a report by Four Four Two, Dudek revealed in an article that he was top on Arsenal’s transfer radar.
“One of my first games for Poland,” he said. “We played the world champions, but only lost unluckily at the end from Zidane’s free-kick and a ricochet.
“I had a good game and Arsene Wenger came up and congratulated me. After that Arsenal offered £10 million for me, but Feyenoord said no and six months later sold me to Liverpool. My career could have been very different.”
The goalkeeper was 27 at that time and it was in the January transfer window of 2001 that Arsenal tabled the offer for him. Arsenal had no choice at that time than to sign Richard Wright for £6m from Ipswich Town.
Wright have a poor spell with Arsenal and he failed to see out his five-year deal with Arsenal before was sold to Everton.
Wright was signed as a long term replacement for David Seaman but a series of below par performances rocked his confidence and he fell behind Stuart Taylor in the selection pecking order.
Wright, Seaman and Alex Manninger were all sold in the same transfer window and signed on Jens Lehmann the following season, who helped Arsenal to an unbeaten run in the League.