Draxler confirms previous Arsenal interest, no contact last month

Paris Saint-Germain’s newest star Julian Draxler has confirmed that Arsenal held long-term interest in his services but did not push for his signature in January, he told Telefoot.

What’s the word?

Arsenal fans will have become accustomed to seeing their club linked with Julian Draxler in recent windows, so they may have been surprised to see the German international leave Wolfsburg in January to join Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsene Wenger first chased the German attacker during his days at Schalke and the player has confirmed the Gunners interest, although no approaches were made by Arsenal last month when PSG completed their swoop.

Draxler has excelled in the French capital since his arrival, scoring four goals in six appearances, which may leave Gooners frustrated as their side failed to complete any significant deals in January and have struggled since.

What was said?

Speaking to French outlet TelefootDraxler said:

‘I had some good years in Germany but I wanted to experience something different. For that reason, I chose to join PSG. The directors and coach at Wolfsburg have changed. I was on good terms with them and we decided it was best if I left.”

‘I listened to my heart and chose PSG as they play in a style that suits me best. I had several options though. Arsenal had been in contact since about two or three years ago but I was not in touch with them this winter.’

Have Arsenal missed out?

Given Julian Draxler’s excellent stats so far, an argument could be made to say yes. However, it really all depends how their squad progresses in the latter stages of the season and what activity goes on this summer, as the Gunners boast Lucas Perez, Danny Welbeck, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi as wide options.

A £35m fee is a fair price in the modern transfer market for a player of Draxler’s ability, especially considering his young age, so Arsenal may come to regret this decision. That said, it is debatable where Draxler would have slotted in at the Emirates Stadium.