Arsene Wenger plays coy with media over Julian Draxler speculation

Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice?

Last summer, Arsene Wenger stunned us all by breaking the bank for Mesut Ozil on transfer deadline day, after weeks of steadfastly denying that any deals were even in the works.

So we probably shouldn’t take Wenger at his word this time around. After Friday’s FA Cup win over Coventry City, the Gunners boss said there is “nothing at all” to report on Arsenal’s hotly rumored negotiations with Schalke regarding German international Julian Draxler.

Yeah, sure thing, Arsene. We “believe” you.


Come on, that’s as guilty a look as we’ve ever seen.

Draxler might indeed not come to Arsenal in this window, though the German starlet reportedly is very eager to do so. Schalke wouldn’t do themselves any favors by selling their best player while fighting for a Champions League spot next season, although they did the same with Lewis Holtby a year ago. At the very least, however, there must be something going on between the two clubs.

In fact, we’ve already seen reports that a fee has already been agreed upon for the 20-year-old, rumored to be between $50 to $60 million.


Raul serves food at testimonial match, Julian Draxler steals show with must-see assist


Raul, one of Europe’s greatest players ever, celebrated his incredible career with a testimonial match between his current side Al Saad and Schalke 04, for whom Raul played from 2010 to 2012.

The Champions League's all-time leading scorer swapped kits at halftime and contributed to Schalke's 9-0 romp over Qatar's national champion.

Appropriately, Raul scored a brace to get on the score sheet in his farewell, thanks to a penalty and this finger-lickin’ good assist by 19-year-old German prodigy Julian Draxler:

Despite recently extending his contract with Schalke through 2018, Draxler has already fielded — and rejected — offers from some of Europe’s top clubs willing to meet the €45m release clause, including Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea. And you can see why after his cheeky move.

After the match, Raul served homemade Spanish food to players and match officials as a way of saying thank you. “It’s an honor for me. Schalke is my home, blue and white forever,” Raul told the sellout crowd at Veltins-Arena.