German youngster Julian Draxler has revealed he turned down a move to Premier League outfit Arsenal in January in favour of staying in the Bundelsiga with Schalke 04. Draxler, who recently signed a new five year contract in May, has said he will stay one more season with the German side, with rumours of Bayern Munich being in for the midfielder.
“In January, there was the offer of Arsenal, but I decided to stay.
“I will do the same this summer. I want to play one year more in Schalke.”
Draxler is seen as one of the brightest talents in European football and his six foot two inch frame, together with a fantastic shot, dribbling and speed, would make him a player more than capable of plying his trade in England’s top tier. Arsenal’s current side features three German internationals in Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker, and Lukas Podolski, which would more than likely help Draxler settle in in new surroundings in London should he choose to listen to Arsenal again.
Arsenal’s choice in transfer targets may raise some eyebrows. Lacking a dynamic goalscorer, another attacking midfielder who can operate wide would be seen as over-stocking in that area. It remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger will retain this policy in the Summer window.