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German playmaker reveals why he turned down the likes of Arsenal


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler says he is prepared to fight for a place in the starting eleven, after reportedly rejecting overtures from Arsenal at the end of the transfer window.

SportBild report that the Gunners were battling to sign the German international before the window shut on August 31st but in an interview with German magazine Kicker (translated by ESPN), the 23 year old says he is not perturbed by the record transfer arrivals of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe:

“Those signings are part of such a club. Just like at other big European clubs. Bayern or Real Madrid have four, five, six players for the positions up front, and that is why leaving was not an issue for me, and as far as I know also not for Paris.”

PSG’s likely first choice front three will be Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Mbappe with Draxler having to compete with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Javier Pastore and Lucas Moura to even get a place on the bench.

After starring at the Confederations Cup this summer by captaining Germany to victory in the competition, Draxler is certainly full of confidence but the wealth of talent at manager Unai Emery’s disposal means he could be putting his place in Germany’s starting eleven at risk.

Since returning to action this season, he has played just 12 minutes of club football for PSG, coming on as a substitute against both Toulouse and Saint Etienne in league matches.

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