Schalke star Julian Draxler has revealed he rejected a bid from Arsenal during the January transfer window and is planning to do the same this summer - should the Gunners approach him again.
The 20-year-old German midfielder was heavily-linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in January – with reports claiming the deal collapsed on deadline day as Arsene Wenger refused to meet his €45m (£36m) buy-out clause.
However, Draxler himself has now revealed he was the one who snubbed the Gunners by turning down their bid.
"In January, there was the offer of Arsenal, but I decided to stay. I will do the same this summer. I want to play one year more in Schalke," Draxler told BBC.
Arsenal are yet to make any summer buys after refusing to activate Cesc Fabregas' buy-back clause – with the former Barcelona star moving to Chelsea instead.
Wenger refused to bring the Spaniard back to the Emirates Stadium as he believes he had a suitable replacement for his position after last summer's record signing of Mesut Ozil. He has however prioritised the purchase of a top striker to fight for a place with Olivier Giroud.
Nevertheless, with reports in Spain claiming Santi Cazorla is likely to move away this summer to join Atletico Madrid, Wenger may also have to consider renewing his interest in signing Draxler.
The Schalke star is currently with Germany at the World Cup, where on Monday was an unused substitute during their 4-0 victory over Portugal in their opening group game.
"We were a little bit nervous before the game. But we know we are very strong and we wanted to show the world we can win the title.There are many other great nations and teams here, but we are one of the favourites," Draxler added.