Calvin Bassey’s agent has claimed Arsenal asked about the player over the summer but ultimately chose to put their faith in William Saliba, Goal reports.
Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, considered adding the Super Eagles defender to his squad.
Bassey fits the mould at 22 and has shown his versatility while playing for Rangers.
But he has now ended up joining Ajax as Arsenal welcomed Saliba back into their squad following a number of productive loan spells.
A representative of Bassey’s agency, Unique Sports Group, has told OwnGoalNigeria: “Arsenal contacted us and we let Rangers know, but they did not follow up.
“We also had interest from Aston Villa and West Ham, but in the end, Ajax presented the best offer not in terms of money, but for his development as they promised regular employment.”