The Belgian ace was targeted by several clubs around Europe ahead of his departure from Anderlecht but opted for a £22million move to Monaco.

Tielemans had caught the eye of Arsene Wenger but despite interest from the Frenchman in signing the 20-year-old, he was concerned by the strength in depth of Arsenal’s midfielders and ultimately decided that he would be better served by joining Leonardo Jardim’s team.

‘I knew not much was going to change with Arsenal’s squad,’ he said.

‘Their management wanted to keep the same group of players together in order to finish high in the Premier League.

‘I had to be honest with myself and take a look at the midfielders Arsenal have got. They are top-class players.