Former Newcastle United and Liverpool defender Jose Enrique admitted Arsenal approached on him on two occasions, once when he was with the Toon Army and the other when he was with the Merseysiders.

Enrique recently announced his retirement, and we took the time to wish him well for the future while also trying to clarify a past rumour that he was being lined up to replace Kieran Gibbs.

The Spanish left-back thanked us for our support and confirmed to us on Twitter that the Gunners twice came in for him.

Arsenal didn’t manage to bring the experienced fullback, who has played for the likes of Levante, Valencia, Celta Vigo, Villarreal and Real Zaragoza, to the Emirates Stadium, instead signing Nacho Monreal who became first-choice over Gibbs.

Enrique made more than 120 appearances for Newcastle United between 2007 and 2011, before signing for Liverpool and making more than 90 appearances.

He struggled with injuries throughout his playing career, particularly after his move to Anfield, which may have played its part in him cutting his career short at the age of only 31.

Enrique made three appearances for the Spain national team too, scoring one goal.