Arsenal target Julian Draxler has again admitted he hopes to leave Wolfsburg after being booed by his own fans on Saturday.
According to the Mirror's Darren Lewis, he said:
I don’t think I need to tell anybody what [being booed] does to a person—it certainly doesn’t help you.
There’s no doubt it makes it hard for you to perform on the field.
I can understand the fans, though. They have every right to do that. I said in the summer the way I feel and I stand by that.
Draxler confirmed his desire to leave the Bundesliga side in the summer but was prevented from doing so by the club.
Lewis noted that Arsenal had previous interest in the Germany international, and his latest comments could prompt the Gunners into making a move once more. Bundesliga journalist Alex Chaffer relayed the comments made to Bild:
Alex Chaffer @AlexChaffer
Big quote here. Draxler: "It was always clear in my mind that I wanted to go to a top international club when I had the chance."2016-8-2 20:44:31
The Wolfsburg fans' frustration is understandable—Draxler only arrived at the club last year in a club-record £25.5 million deal, per the Guardian, and with the team struggling this season, he's failed to register a single goal or assist.
The 23-year-old playmaker is excellent, though, and he demonstrated as much in his first season at the club, notching nine goals and eight assists.
With the likes of Mesut Ozil at the club, the Gunners aren't crying out for another creative player, but Santi Cazorla's recent injury worries could prompt them into action—the Spaniard missed much of last season and is set to have ankle surgery on an injury that has already kept him out since October.
As the Guardian's Ed Aarons demonstrated, Cazorla—who will be 32 on December 13—is a crucial player for the Gunners:
Ed Aarons @ed_aarons
Arsenal with Cazorla this season: 2.4 pts per game and win ratio 75%. Arsenal without Cazorla this season: 1.8pts per game and win ratio 40%2016-12-1 16:54:32
The midfielder's future is uncertain, and Arsenal can no longer rely on him to stay fit—a problem that may only worsen as he ages, as it did with Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta in seasons past—so a dip into the transfer market may be necessary.
Draxler is versatile enough to play on the wings or in the centre, so he could slot in alongside Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
The German would likely jump at the chance to join them in January or next summer, so he could be a viable option to replace Cazorla in the long-term.
The midfielder has played just 387 minutes under Antonio Conte at Chelsea this season and still holds Arsenal in high regard after spending eight years there before leaving for Barcelona in 2011.
ESPN FC's Miguel Delaney reflected on his exceptional passing after he assisted Diego Costa in a rare start on Saturday:
Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney
Fabregas can't move his body in the way Conte demands... but he can move a ball like no-one else on that team.2016-12-3 13:47:35
The timely reminder of his qualities will likely further endear himself to the Italian, however, and with the busy Christmas period fast approaching, he may well enjoy further time on the pitch.
As such, a return to the Emirates Stadium at this stage seems fairly unlikely.