Arsenal blow as Wolfsburg chief insists Germany forward won’t leave

Wolfsburg rule out the prospect of Arsenal target Julian Draxler leaving the club this summer

Arsenal have suffered a blow to their hopes of signing Julian Draxler after Wolfsburg ruled out the prospect of the Germany forward leaving this summer.

According to >The Daily Mirror, the Gunners are interested in the £55m-rated Germany international in the summer transfer window as Arsene Wenger looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new Premier League season.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of different players this summer, but Wenger thus far has only signed Borussia Monchengladbach and Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka and Japanese forward Takuma Asano.

And Wenger’s prospects of making a third summer signing took a blow on Friday after Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs ruled out Draxler’s sale in the summer transfer window.

“With Julian Draxler it will be 100% like this,” Allofs told Sport1. “He will stay. There is no discussion.

Allofs added: “It is not the time for any vow, but we will not give Julian [away]. Even when I say this as clearly, no peace will come. But our plans are clear.”

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Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season after Wenger’s men managed to pip north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to the runners-up spot on the final day of the 2015/16 season.

The Gunners finished without any silverware after making premature exits in the Champions League and the FA Cup in the second half of the campaign.

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