Germany international Julian Draxler has confirmed that he turned down the chance to sign for Arsenal in the January transfer window and would do the same again if they bid for him this summer.
Speaking to the BBC's David Ornstein, Draxler said that Schalke received an offer from Arsenal earlier this year. But he wanted to stay in the Bundesliga ahead of the World Cup and insists he intends to remain at Schalke for at least another 12 months.
"In January there was an offer from Arsenal but I decided to stay," Draxler told Ornstein after Germany's 4-0 victory over Portugal. "I will do the same this summer.
"I want one more year in Schalke."
Draxler was an unused substitute as Germany beat Portugal 4-0 to open their World Cup campaign. Thomas Muller bagged a hat-trick while Mats Hummels converted a header from a corner.
It was the perfect start for Joachim Low's side, who are among the favourites to reach the final in Brazil this summer.
Low opted to go without a central striker against Paulo Bento's Portugal, with Muller, Mesut Ozil, and Mario Gotze rotating across the attacking front-line.
It worked a treat and Germany were 2-0 ahead even before Pepe saw red after an altercation with Muller towards the end of the first half.
Draxler could be used in one of the three attacking midfield positions later in the tournament, and reports have even claimed that Arsene Wenger eventually sees the youngster as a central forward.
The Arsenal manager reportedly wants to sign the 20-year-old Schalke star and turn him into a forward as competition for Olivier Giroud. The Gunners boss needs to bring in reinforcements up front this summer, as Arsenal lack a quality counterpart to the French international.
Draxler is thought to have a release clause in his Schalke contract that can be triggered with a €45m bid although it's unclear what Arsenal offered in January. It seems likely that Schalke accepted that bid, because from what Draxler said to Ornstein, it seems like he was given the chance to sign for the Gunners, only to turn it down.
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For that to be the case, Schalke must have been happy with the fee offered by Wenger. The Frenchman has a sizeable transfer budget to work with this summer, and is currently working as a TV pundit for a French channel covering the World Cup in Brazil.