The Senegal striker came close to moving to the north London club last year but a deal failed to materialise following Arsenal’s signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
How close did I come to joining Arsenal? As close as you and me here
Ba, 29, was again linked with the Gunners this summer prior to his £8m move from Stamford Bridge to the Turkish club.
And the former Newcastle United forward has revealed that he was very close to sealing a move to Emirates Stadium.
“I’m happy at Besiktas,” said Ba. “How close did I come to joining Arsenal? As close as you and me here, but it’s past. I just look forwards.
“Everybody knew that I wanted to come here [to Arsenal]. I could have maybe waited longer in this transfer window but I wanted to go and play for Besiktas because it’s a great club.”
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