By Matt Farr
Long-term Arsenal target Julian Draxler has agreed to join Paris Saint-Germain in January – and Arsenal fans are upset.
The Gunners had been chasing the German international for some time, and after falling out with Wolfsburg manager Valerien Ismael, Draxler was told he could leave the club next month.
However, French giants PSG are reported to have won the race for Draxler’s signature, with the BBC Sport website claiming the two clubs have agreed a £35.75 million fee.
Italian journalist and transfer expert Emanuele Giulianelli said on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that Arsenal were in talks with the Wolfsburg midfielder, and that the player was keen on joining the north London club.
However, Giulanelli also claimed that Arsene Wenger’s reluctance to match Draxler’s valuation was proving to be a stumbling block in any potential deal.
Many Arsenal fans had been vocal on social media over the importance of signing Draxler next month, and after hearing he had signed for PSG, fans were outraged.
Here are some of their messages on Twitter:
Draxler to PSG confirmed. Arsenal just do not have that big club reputation anymore; especially when they will lose both Ozil & Sanchez soon
— Moe (@moethemyth) December 24, 2016
Well done Arsenal draxler who we have been chasing for years has gone to psg
— Rio (@RioPlayzHD) December 24, 2016
We should have gone for Draxler ? #Arsenal
— Tom Lowe (@TomLowe12) December 24, 2016
— Ŵęśtŷ™⚽️⚽️ (@Westy_AFC_80) December 24, 2016
I’m mad at something that’s been happening for the longest but come on Arsenal! Why not spend on good players!!! Draxler is very good! ??
— WengerOut (@TheMaestro___) December 24, 2016
Why haven’t Arsenal signed Draxler?? #JulianDraxler
— Yuyu (@Yuyulee10) December 24, 2016
— A. Tegar (@adhiafaqih) December 24, 2016
Arsenal had been looking to add Draxler to their ranks in a bid to add further proof they could attract big-name players to the club.
The Gunners’ lack of silverware has led to concerns over the club’s pulling power, with many of the club’s own stars having left the club in search of titles elsewhere.
Star duo Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are the latest Arsenal players with uncertain futures, as the pair want reassurrances that they will be rewarded with trophies if they commit their long-term futures to the club.
However, negotiations are yet to begin with either player, and with just 18 months left on their current deals, Arsene Wenger runs the risk of losing two more of his most prized assets.
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