Borussia Dortmund star Kevin Grosskreutz has claimed that himself and Mario Gotze will not be leaving the German outfit until 2014, as transfer rumours heat up around the pair making a move to Arsenal.
Both Grosskreutz and Gotze are contracted with Dortmund until 2014, and while Gotze is rumoured to be considering a £30 million move in January, Grosskreutz insists that the opposite is the case.
"He cannot leave without me because we are always together. Gotze and I will stay until 2014," he told Bild.
Arsenal have been scouting Gotze, dubbed by German legend Franz Beckenbauer as the German Messi, for some time now. Arsene Wenger admitted after the side's meeting with Dortmund in the Champions League that he liked the look of the 19 year old, and despite his high transfer fee, the Gunners manager is still considering a bid.
Grosskreutz, meanwhile, has been touted as the perfect partner for Gotze, with the winger netting eight goals as Borussia won the Bundesliga title last season. He has openly discussed the possibility of making a move to Arsenal, recently telling reporters: "If I do ever leave Dortmund, I would like to go to the Premier League in England, and my favourite club there is Arsenal."
If both were to make the move to north London, they would be joining fellow Germany teammate Per Mertesacker, and would provide a forward line that would be hard to match if their current form is anything to go by.
After Dortmund's convincing title victory in the Bundesliga last season, the side are now being challenged by German giants Bayern Munich, but Grosskreutz believes that the club still have a chance of defending the title this season.
"They [Bayern] are heavy favourites," he said. "Nevertheless, I think the way we beat them in Munich has left them shocked.
"Ahead of the game they were firmly convinced that after the game we would be eight points behind. However, we did not do the Bavarians any favours."
Arsenal will no doubt be continuing to watch the pair, and if the Gunners continue to progress in the Champions League, with Borussia looking very likely to exit before the next stage, Grosskreutz and Gotze may be tempted if they believe they'll be joining a team that can challenge for Europe's highest honours.