Jan Aage Fjortoft has suggested it's advantage Bayern Munich in the race to sign Julian Draxler.
The Gunners tried to do a last minute deal for the 20-year-old last January and Fjortoft has now suggested through his Twitter account they may have waved goodbye to the chances of signing him altogether.
Fjortoft has revealed that Bayern are apparently working on a deal which will see them agree a transfer with Schalke now, pay part of the fee and then the player will link up with them in 2015.
Re: Draxler I understand Bayern will try to make a deal with Schalke where they pay part of fee now, but Draxler will come to Bayern 2015— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) March 17, 2014
Re: Draxler I have been told that Arsenal felt they "lost" player when Bayern entered the stage. But I understand player hasn't decided yet— Jan Aage Fjortoft (@JanAageFjortoft) March 17, 2014
The key question is why are Arsenal allowing that to happen and not making more of a fight for one of the most talented players to come out of Germany from the last few years?
Intimidation? The fee? It can’t be either of those things because Arsenal are a massive football club and brand, capable of paying the expensive fees needed to sign players in the current transfer market.
There is a small glimmer of hope for the Gunners because as Fjortoft points out, it appears the youngster hasn’t made his mind up over where he wants to go and play football in the future.
The theory in going to the Bundesliga and European champions is that it allows him to stay in Germany. However, Arsenal have a strong core of German players which could work in their favour when they go after any young talent from Deutschland.
The only conceivable reasons for Arsenal realistically being put off from signing him must be Arsene Wenger deeming him an unworthy signing or they have knowledge that the player would prefer a move to Bayern over an Emirates switch.
Watch this space.