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Draxler joined Wolfsburg for £25m last summer.

Julian Draxler would prefer Arsenal move over Juventus

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Julian Draxler has thrown his future into doubt after confirming he told Wolfsburg bosses that he wants out this summer.

Having joined the Bundesliga outfit only last year, the Germany international could be set for another new beginning with a number of clubs reportedly interested.

So desperate is Draxler for a move that, in an interview with Bild, he revealed how he told his superiors at the Volkswagen Arena that he wanted to leave three weeks ago.

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He said: "I clearly told [Wolfsburg coach] Dieter Hecking after the European Championships that I wanted to leave Wolfsburg.

"The coach knew for over three weeks. It really surprised me that for weeks they talked to the media about me.

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"I expected that differently, for instance, that someone would approach me and ask how I see it. Before they said something publicly, they should have also talked with me personally first."

Upon the emergence of said reports, Arsenal fans were particularly excited by the thought of signing a player they have long been linked with.

And so they should be.

According to Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, who references Sky Germany, both Juventus and Arsenal are interested in signing Draxler but the attacking midfielder would prefer a move to the Emirates Stadium (see below).

Draxler added: "When I moved in August 2015, I was verbally assured that I could leave the club if opportunities presented themselves, both by Hecking and from [Klaus] Allofs.

"It was always clear between all the parties involved that I wanted to go to an international top club if I had the chance."

The ball is now very much in Arsenal's court, it would seem.

Draxler wouldn't come cheap, of course, but considering the Gunners' need for greater quality going forward, they would be foolish not to take advantage of the position they find themselves in.

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And it's not as if Arsene Wenger doesn't have the funds to strike a deal with Wolfsburg, who would likely demand a fee in the region of £30 million having bought the 22-year-old for £25 million last summer.

It's Draxler's versatility that would be of particular use to Arsenal. Tall, strong, fast and skilful, the German possesses all the attributes to play through the middle, out wide - particularly on the right flank - and upfront.

He, alongside countryman Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, would help form a dangerous attacking trio.

Your move, Arsene.

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