The Reds were also in for the former Barcelona star.
"He is a great player. He is one of the players who have lit up the World Cup," he told talkSPORT.
"Arsenal have lacked that striking option up there with [Olivier] Giroud and they are going to be there or thereabouts now.
"They have needed someone up top. Arsenal have been crying out for someone with a little pace up front."
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