Julian Draxler has opened up about whey he decided not to push for a move to Arsenal on deadline day.
Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the German star and the Gunners made enquiries with Paris Saint Germain about his availability late on in the window.
But Draxler made it clear through his advisors that he had no plans to leave the French capital just six months after arriving from Wolfsburg.
Many believed he would want to move on following the arrivals of Neymar and Kylain Mbappe, but Draxler insists he is looking forward to the challenge of fighting for his place in the team.
He said: “I am greatly looking forward to playing with Neymar and Mbappe — but, if players are bought for €222m or €180m, they have an advantage on paper.
“But I am confident — that’s why I didn’t think about leaving Paris.”
Draxler gave everyone a clear reminder of his talents on Monday night with a fine goal as Germany beat Norway 6-0.
Mesut Ozil was also on target for the World Cup holders and the Arsenal man also set up Draxler’s strike with a customary assist.
It was the PSG man’s first 90 minutes of the season and he hopes his performance will have been noted at the Parc des Princes.
“I only played two games for a short time [on the pitch] in Paris, but I came back to training four weeks later than other players because of the Confederations Cup.
“That’s something which is forgotten about in the media sometimes.
“The 90 minutes [against Norway] have been very, very important for me. I also sent a sign to Paris that they can bank on me.”
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