Arsenal offered fresh hope in reported bid to sign Germany star

Julian Draxler reveals that he has asked to leave Wolfsburg this summer, possibly giving Arsenal hope of signing him

Julian Draxler has fuelled the speculation linking him with a possible summer transfer to Arsenal this summer by declaring his desire to leave Wolfsburg in the current transfer window.

The Gunners have long been touted as a possible destination for the playmaker as Arsene Wenger looks to add more firepower to his squad this summer.

Arsenal have been linked with a host of players this summer but are yet to secure the headline signing that so many of their supporters are craving.

Now, Draxler has revealed that he has spoken to Wolfsburg to underline his desire to quit the German club this summer.

Speaking in an interview with German publication Bild, Draxler said: “I expressed myself clearly after the Euros, with coach Dieter Hecking, that I want to leave Wolfsburg. The coach has known for more than three weeks.

“Two days after the semi-final defeat to France at the European Championships, I told him how I see the whole situation and what I want, which is to leave the club.

“I was verbally assured with my transfer in August 2015 that I can leave the club when given opportunities. From Hecking as well as technical director Klaus Allofs.

“It was always clear between all parties that I would like to go to a top international club if the opportunity arises. It was discussed that we speak rationally with one another, if other clubs show interest.”

Arsenal are believed to be on the lookout for a new striker as Wenger prepares his squad for the 2016-17 campaign.

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The north London side finished second in the Premier League table last season, 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester City in the table.

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