Arsenal are set to pull out of a proposed move for German midfield star Julian Draxler because he is too expensive.
The 21-year-old is also a target for Manchester United and Chelsea according to reports in Italy with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger put off by Schalke 04's £30m price tag.
In November 2013, the German was full of praise for the Gunners and their style of football.
"I have always said English teams are very big clubs and Arsenal is of course one of them," Draxler said in November 2013.
"Of course I sometimes speak to Mesut or Per about the team, about the club, and they always have good words and they tell me nice things.
"You never know what happens in the summer but Arsenal is a very, very nice team. They always have very young players, they play attractive football and that's what I like.
"But I better not speak too much about it because tomorrow I can read that I like to play for Arsenal. I think the people at Schalke would not like to hear that."