Arsenal signing Samir Nasri admits Olympique Lyon made a late play to keep him in France earlier this summer.

As well as interest from Italy, England and Spain, Nasri confirmed French champions Lyon had also tried to sign him.

"Lyon made an approach. I spoke with president (Jean-Michel) Aulas by telephone. But it didn't go much further than that," Nasri said.

"At that point my choice had practically been made. I'd given my word to Arsenal and I couldn't see myself at any French club other than OM (Marseille)."