Arsenal's £37m transfer chase rocked by injury blow

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will face frustration in his bid to sign Schalke playmaker Julian Draxler in a £37m January swoop after the wonderkid suffered a suspected ruptured tendon, according to the Daily Mail.

Draxler has been consistently linked with a switch to the Emirates for much of the last 12 months, with the Gunners believed to have made an enquiry to Schalke last summer before turning their attention to the £42.4m capture of Mesut Ozil.

Gunners boss Wenger is believed to be considering a fresh swoop for Draxler's services either this month or at the end of the season, but hopes of pulling off a sensational January swoop will surely be over if Draxler has indeed suffered a serious injury.

The 20-year-old is due in Munich tomorrow for an appointment with specialist Hans-Muller Wohlfahrt, who is also Bayern's club doctor, to discover the extent of a problem that may keep him sidelined until mid-March.

Schalke boss Horst Heldt has been forced to concede that he cannot stop Draxler leaving Gelsenkirchen if the Gunners were to register a sizeable bid, with the summer signing of Sidney Sam from Bayer Leverkusen already secured as a contingency if the German international leaves for London.

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