Carl Jenkinson has hit out at suggestions that his decision not to sign for Crystal Palace was simply down to money.
Arsenal were prepared to let the full back go in the January transfer window, and with Sam Allardyce interested it looked as if a move to Selhurst Park was inevitable.
However, he was unable to agree personal terms, with suggestions he was looking for too much money.
In an interview with the Telegraph however, the 24 year rejected that, saying there was more to the situation than his salary.
“I think in a number of ways, Palace would have been a good fit,” he said. “It would have enabled me to play again and that’s all I want: to play football.
“I had a great year with Big Sam, played some of the best football of my career and got on very well with him.
“The opportunity to play under him again was something I was interested in doing. In the end it didn’t pan out.
It’s a culmination of things,” he said. “When you do leave a club like Arsenal, everything needs to be right.
“It needs to be the right manager and financially – don’t get me wrong, I don’t want silly money – it needs to be right for me.
“Maybe I won’t get that much football now but I’ve still got a 3½-year contract, I’m at Arsenal, played for Arsenal for a number of years.
“They are not pushing me out of the door but I also know I need to play football.”
The fact that Arsenal were willing sellers last month suggests that regular football is unlikely with us again, but with Hector Bellerin still a doubt for Saturday’s game against Hull, Jenkinson could be in contention if Arsene Wenger doesn’t want to play centre-half Gabriel at right-back.