Arsene Wenger admitted during the Euros that he was watching the performances of Julian Draxler for the Germany team, and there have been many links with Arsenal over the last few years. Now it looks like this move could finally happen as the 22 year-old has spoken out in public about his desire to leave Wolfsburg and insists that the Bundesliga side agreed that they would enter talks, if an offer from a “top international club” came along.
Draxler has decided to make his plans clear through the media after the Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has insisted Draxler will ‘100 per cent’ stay at the club, despite his previous promises. Draxler told Bild as translated in the Mail: ‘Before one goes public, they should also have a word with myself,’
‘For me it is so that I have expressed myself clearly after the Euros, with Dieter Hecking, that I want to leave Wolfsburg. The coach knows for more than three weeks
‘Two days after the semi-final at the European Championships I told him how I see the whole situation and what I want – which is to leave the club.
‘I was verbally assured with my transfer in August 2015 that I can leave the club when given opportunities. Both from Hecking, as well as Allofs.
‘It was always clear between all parties that I would like to go to a top international club if the opportunity arises. It was discussed that we speak rationally with one another, if other clubs show interest.’
The German international is obviously aware that a “top international club” wants him, and no-one would be in the slightest surprised if Arsenal was that club, given Wenger’s ongoing admiration. Could this be the surprise signing that Wenger has been waiting for all this time?