Julian Draxler
Schalke playmaker Julian Draxler expressed his admiration for Arsenal
Schalke playmaker Julian Draxler expressed his admiration for Arsenal
Schalke playmaker Julian Draxler expressed his admiration for Arsenal

Julian Draxler is one of the most sought-after players in Europe at the moment. The Schalke playmaker has been in tremendous form in the last couple of seasons, and has been constantly linked with a move to the English Premier League, with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly showing a keen interest.

The team with the biggest German influence in the Premier League at the moment, though, are Arsenal with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Mesut Ozil, Serge Gnabry, Gedion Zelalem and Thomas Eisfeld all plying their trade at the Emirates.

That aspect could play a big role in the Gunners warding off competition from the rest of the teams for Draxler -- if Wenger does show an interest that is.

"I have always said English teams are very big clubs and Arsenal is of course one of them," Draxler said. "Of course I sometimes speak to Mesut or Per about the team, about the club, and they always have good words and they tell me nice things.

"You never know what happens in the summer, but Arsenal is a very, very nice team. They always have very young players, they play attractive football and that is what I like.

"But I better not speak too much about it because tomorrow I can read in the [English] newspapers that I like to play for Arsenal -- I think the people at Schalke would not like to hear that."

Wenger is always on the lookout for technically-gifted playmakers that can add another dimension and a bit more verve to an already attack-minded Arsenal lineup, and Draxler fills that mould pretty nicely.

However, Arsenal and the rest of the Premier League clubs will have to wait until next summer to make a move for the 20-year-old, though, with Draxler ruling out a switch in the January transfer window.

"For my club I have the chance to play nearly every game, it is important for me to improve myself," the Schalke midfielder said.

"I have said every summer I have to look what is the best for me and I will do in the summer again and we will see what happens.

"But no way. I won't switch then [in January]."