Arsene Wenger plays down chances of signing Dortmund stars despite Jurgen Klopp departure

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Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus have recently been linked with a move to Arsenal.

It is has certainly been a tumultuous 24 hours or so at Borussia Dortmund. Yesterday saw their long-standing manager Jurgen Klopp, a club icon and legend, confirm he would be stepping down at the end of the season after taking the club as far as he believed he could.

It has been a tough season for Dortmund, at one point they were bottom of the Bundesliga, but that has not stopped big teams from vulturing over their star players, at least, that is, according to the rumour mill.

One team being linked with Dortmund players are Arsenal, but Arsene Wenger has moved to put those rumours to bed today.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of the FA Cup semi-final with Reading this weekend he is quoted by as stating:

"It’s down to every club to make the right decision and to respect Dortmund. Dortmund is a massive club and will survive, and has the ability to keep their best players. They have a big history linked with great results and great achievements so I don’t think that will stop for Dortmund."

Arsenal have been linked with several Dortmund players over the years.

Kicker linked the Gunners recently with a move for Ilkay Gundogan, for a fee in the region of £18.4 million.

Arsenal have also been linked with Marco Reus, the Telegraph reporting they were keen on the German international last month.

While Wenger has certainly not ruled out a move for any Dortmund players in the summer, he is also making it clear that just because Klopp is gone, there will not be a fire-sale at Signal Iduna Park.

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