Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler has reportedly revealed that he wanted to join Arsenal at the start of the year. The 20-year-old, who produced an outstanding display against Chelsea on Wednesday night, revealed all to ArsenalFanTV's Moh Haider as he was leaving his hotel for Stamford Bridge.
Draxler was asked whether there was any truth in the rumours of him coming to Arsenal, to which he replied: "Yes".
He then gave the same answer when asked whether he wanted the transfer to Arsenal to happen.
But when quizzed as to why the transfer failed to materialise, the talented playmaker responded: "This isn't an interview!".
Draxler revealed different information in June
Draxler's comments are in sharp contrast to answers he gave the the BBC earlier this summer. Back in June, following Germany's 4-0 win over Portugal at the World Cup, he told reporters: "In January there was an offer from Arsenal but I decided to stay.
"I want one more year in Schalke."
Draxler is widely considered one of the best young footballers in Germany and has long been linked with a move to Arsenal, with reports back in January suggesting Arsene Wenger was considering paying the player's €45.5 million release clause.
Despite his age, Draxler has already made 152 appearances for Schalke, scoring 27 goals. And he lifted the World Cup in Brazil this summer - even though he only made one substitute appearance in the showpiece international tournament.
Wenger wants to make Draxler his new RVP
Wenger reportedly wanted to tie up a deal for Draxler in January in order to turn him into Arsenal's new Robin van Persie.
The Gunners' boss believes Draxler has the ability to follow in the footsteps of the former Arsenal captain, who started his career as a wide player before developing his game and becoming a first-class centre-forward.
Wenger remains keen to strengthen his attacking options, despite the £16 million acquisition of England international Danny Welbeck from Manchester United earlier this month, and may consider returning for Draxler when the transfer window re-opens in January if he continues producing eye-catching displays.
However, if Wenger secured Draxler's services, this would increase the uncertainty over the future of Mesut Ozil, who has come in for yet more criticism following his dismal display against Borussia Dortmund this week.
Arsenal fans: would you be happy for Wenger to sell Ozil if it meant signing Draxler instead? Have your say in the comments section below.
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