The story of the summer for Arsenal in the transfer market is starting to sound like a broken record. We are linked with a player and the Arsenal transfer rumours grow until we hear news that Arsene Wenger has actually made contact and maybe even put in a tranfer bid for the player.
Then as quickly as the excitement and optimism of Arsenal fans grew, it is gone as we hear that the transfer will not happen for one reason or another. This time it is not like the Jamie Vardy situation where the player himself decides against a move to Arsenal, but the result appears to be the same and the Germany international Julian Draxler joins the list of transfer targets missed.
Just a few days ago we heard from Klaus Allofs, the sporting director of Draxler´s current club Wolfsburg, suggested that there was a good chance that the Bundesliga outfit could be parting company with the exciting young attacking player but now The Mirror is reporting that Allofs has performed a speedy u-turn and declared that there is no chance whatsoever of Draxler leaving.
He said, “The situation with Draxler is 100 per cent certain that he will be staying at Wolfsburg.
“There is no discussing that.”
This does sound pretty definite, although we do not know what is going on behind the scenes and perhaps it is just a case of Arsenal not offering enough. There is also some encouragement from the fact that we have heard this sort of thing before and then seen a transfer happen.
It happened just this summer with Man United, Dortmund and Mkhitaryan but what are the chances of Arsenal doing the same with Draxler and Wolfsburg? Slim I would say, very slim, so where does Wenger turn now in his pursuit of more firepower?