Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has insisted he is confident Julian Draxler will stay with Schalke despite Arsenal being linked with a summer move for the Germany international. The 20-year old has been linked with a number of European clubs since impressing in the Schalke side, with Arsenal and Bayern Munich both well backed by Betfair fans of holding an interest in the midfielder.
Reports coming out of the transfer gossip columns suggests a new turn in the tables for Arsenal’s interest in young German international Julian Draxler. Draxler has been linked with the Gunners for a substantial amount of the January transfer window and before, but as of yet nothing on the subject seems to have changed. But with less than 10 days now remaining in the window, Arsenal fans will be desperately hoping Arsene Wenger can pull off another big money deal, even if it follows the fashion of the summer 2013 deadline day.
Arsenal fans were left more than happy on transfer deadline day this summer, with the singing of Mesut Ozil being officially confirmed in the final hours of the night, but one possible name we could have seen at the Emirates now is Julian Draxler. But recently it’s been reported that these following quotes state why he rejected the chance to move on deadline day!
The new Arsenal transfer rumour of the day is Schalke’s Greek centre back Kyriakos Papadopoulos who could be available for as little as £13 Million. He was hailed as the next big thing in Greek football when he was as young as 15 years old.
He began playing for Olympiakos in first team matches as soon as he signed a professional contract with the club and he began to attract interest from many clubs in Europe. He was pursued relentlessly and was invited on countless trials and approached by many clubs.
Arsenal have a proud record in the champions league and Arsene Wenger expects his team to continue it tonight when the German side Schalke visit the Emirates. Wenger is confident that the Gunners will have no repeat of the hugely disappointing performance against Norwich.
“I expect us to respond in a strong way because this team is very ambitious.”
The last time Arsenal lost at home to a non-English club was 2003. They have only lost twice in 48 home games in the champions league, only once at the Emirates and not at all in the last 16 matches. A win for the Germans is as likely as winning the lottery jackpot!
There are an amazing amount of Arsenal transfer rumours floating around considering that there is still three months left until the end of the season, and it seems clear that Wenger is concentrating on bringing players over here from the Bundesliga.
Perhaps it was Germany’s performances in the World Cup that persuaded Wenger to move his centre of scouting operations to the Motherland, but whatever the reason it seems to be a shift in his thinking away from the weaker Ligue 1 and over to the (much) stronger German League.
Even though Arsenal’s move for Koln’s Lukas Podolski was proving to be a sure summer hit, Arsene Wenger might still encounter big problems now that Bundesliga giants Schalke 04 are also highly interested in snatching the German international.
Podolski declared earlier this year in numerous occasions that he’s unsatisfied with the current situation at the German club and that he’s interested in leaving in the summer. The striker also slipped two tips for Wenger to pick up, saying that he wants to move to a Champions League playing side and that if he is to transfer abroad he’d like to go to Arsenal.
Koln striker Lukas Podolski who was intensely watched by Arsenal and Schalke and is expected to make a move in January has spoken about the possibility to leave the German side in January.
“I am just enjoying my football and I want to be successful and score goals, and if in the end everything is right, then we are all happy, even Hennes the goat (the club’s mascot),” he told Sky television.
“I still have one-and-a-half years on my contract and if I decide in one-and-a-half years, then so be it.