Arsenal on alert as long-term target says he wants out of current club

SoccerBy Sunday World
Julian Draxler
Julian Draxler

There may some good news for Arsenal in the transfer market today, with long-time target Julian Draxler confirming to a German newspaper that he wants to leave Wolfsburg.

The 22-year-old German international spoke to Bild and told them that he has asked to leave the club he only joined last summer.

Responding to manager Dieter Hecking saying that the player was going nowhere this summer, Draxler said:  "One could have talked to me personally before making public declarations. After the Euro 2016 I clearly said to Dieter Hecking that I want to leave Wolfsburg. The coach is aware of that for the past three weeks."

Draxler goes on to say that part of his deal to join Wolfsburg from Schalke was that he could leave at any time if an 'international top club' came in for him.

Arsenal have long been linked with the winger and this latest development means they must surely make a move for the highly-rated youngster.

However, Sky in Germany reveal the Gunners will have competition, with Juventus also interested in the player. 

But Sky also add that Draxler would prefer a move to Arsenal, which surely puts the ball in Arsene Wenger's court.

And in further Arsenal news, overnight it was reported that they are getting ready to make an improved bid for Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette.