Julian Draxler has claimed he was in contact with Arsenal for two years before deciding to join Paris Saint-Germain from Wolfsburg last month.
The 23-year-old Germany international arrived at Parc des Princes on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee of around £34million and he has hit the ground running – scoring four goals in six competitive appearances.
The attacking midfielder, who was a reported target for Arsenal and Liverpool, has admitted that the Gunners had held a long-term interest in him but claimed no attempt was made to sign him
“I had some good years in Germany but I wanted to experience something different,” Draxler told TF1’s Telefoot.
“For that reason, I chose to join PSG.
“The directors and coach at Wolfsburg have changed. I was on good terms with them and we decided it was best if I left. I listened to my heart and chose PSG as they play in a style that suits me best.
“I had several options though. Arsenal had been in contact since about two or three years ago but I was not in touch with them this winter [before joining PSG].”
Draxler, who has provided one assist in his four Ligue 1 appearances has slotted in on the left of Unai Emery’s three-pronged attack, pushing Angel Di Maria to the bench.
“At first, I said I wanted to play in the No. 10 role,” Draxler added. “However, the team needs me more on the left to create chances from there. That is my best role with PSG, where I am most useful.
“I am proud to be here and I hope to bring something to the team. I have won two or three titles so far in my career but that is not enough, I always want more. This is the club I needed in order to achieve that.”