Kalou turned down Arsenal

Lille striker Salomon Kalou has revealed that he rejected the opportunity to join Arsenal in January on a short-term deal.

The former Chelsea forward has enjoyed a strong run of form since joining the French club in 2012 which has attracted the interest of a number parties.

With Arsenal struggling for quality up front, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is believed to have looked to bring the Ivorian to the Emirates, but the 28-year-old says that for now his focus is on Lille.

“A possible departure?” Kalou told L’Equipe. “Yes, to Arsenal. It could have been done as a last minute loan. But I want to finish third, prepare for the World Cup Stadium and go to the Stade de France to compete in the final of the Coupe de France.”

However, Kalou has not ruled out the possibility of making a move in the future.

“LOSC have given me the chance to play every weekend and have given me a lot professionally and personally [but] there may be other opportunities now to achieve other goals,” he added.

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