In the interview in which he said he thought Jamie Vardy would stay at Leicester, Arsene Wenger also made mention of Julian Draxler.
Speaking about young players to watch out for at the Euros, he spoke specifically about the German international, saying, “It will be very interesting to follow what Draxler does, from Germany, he is still a very young player.”
The Arsenal manager has long been a keen admirer of the 22 year old, and in January 2014 we were linked very strongly with him. Some stories say we made a bid that was turned down, and in August 2015 Draxler joined Wolfsburg.
Stories emerging today from the German press say that he’s now regretting that move, and wants to leave the Bundesliga side this summer.
Of course this might be a case of putting two and two together and getting five, but having spoken so openly about him, his desire to make a change must surely have the Arsenal manager on alert – especially as we’re actively looking to boost our attacking options.
He’s had a disappointing spell in his career, but Wenger has a bit of history in taking a player who is not doing as much as expected and then turning things around.
The Gunners also have interest in Wolfsburg’s Swiss left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, and it looks like there could be something of an exodus there this summer. Would never have happened under Wolfgang Wolf.
Anyway, let’s see what happens, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if we rekindled our interest in Draxler.
Update: It seems reports of him wanting to leave Wolfsburg might well be erroneous. I can’t read German, but this chap says there’s nothing like that in the Kicker piece from which these whispers came from.
This is the article Kicker used, unfortunately not online. Nothing about him wanting to leave pic.twitter.com/d3psOyLXZS
— Tom (@Wolfsburg__UK) June 20, 2016