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The Gunners were close to agreeing a fee with Schalke in January for the Germany international but the player's agent expects the 20-year-old to remain in the Bundesliga

Arsenal have been dealt a further blow in their pursuit of Julian Draxler after the player’s agent claimed the Germany international is set to remain at Schalke for another season.

Arsene Wenger targeted the 20-year-old forward in January and was close to agreeing a fee with the German club before the transfer collapsed shortly before the window deadline.

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Arsenal are expected to make a renewed effort to sign the Germany international in the summer but Draxler’s agent, Roger Wittman, anticipates the player will remain with the Bundesliga club for another year, at least.

He told SportBild.de: "Why should a player leave the club if the club have just built a top team? I also think it's good if players stick to what they have signed.

"It would take an awful lot to happen for one of the two [Draxler or Jefferson Farfan] to leave. And even then I'm not sure it would be possible.

"The players understand that there is currently a lot of peace at the club and a lot of optimism about their future there."

Those sentiments were echoed by Schalke chairman Clemens Torries, who said: "If nothing extraordinary happens, Julian will stay with us.

"I am convinced that he will play even longer than this one next season at Schalke. Then we will see"

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