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Why are Arsenal interested in Wolfsburg midfielder Julian Draxler?

Julian Draxler's name just won't go away when it comes to Arsenal's transfer plans.

The Germany winger has been linked with the Gunners for several years, and speculation about a move to the Emirates resurfaced this week after Wolfsburg admitted they may have to sell Draxler next summer.

But does that mean Arsenal would make a bid? Let's look at why -- and why not -- Arsene Wenger may renew his interest.

Why is Arsenal seen as a likely destination for Draxler?

Wenger has long been an admirer of the talented winger, and was in talks with his former club Schalke about a deal in January 2014. However, the Frenchman balked at paying a £37 million release clause, and Draxler ended up moving to Wolfsburg in 2015. But his name keeps cropping up next to Arsenal's in just about every transfer window.

But does he still fit Arsenal's needs?

Draxler is the kind of player Wenger likes: an attacking midfielder with the ability to play in several positions across the front four, who can both score and create goals for his teammates. But Arsenal's dressing room is already crowded with similar players -- Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi -- and Wenger already has a hard enough time finding room for all of them in his XI.

There's also a question over how good Draxler really is. In 2014, he was viewed as Germany's next big star, but he is now 23 and has so far failed to live up to that promise. Wenger's refusal to meet Schalke's asking price was criticised by fans two years ago, but it now looks like his valuation of the player was correct.

So will Arsenal make a bid?

That probably depends on whether Sanchez and Ozil decide to stay at the club. If they both agree to contract extensions, it's hard to see why Wenger would have a need for Draxler in the team as well. However, if either Sanchez or Ozil was to leave, Draxler would certainly be on the list of possible replacements. He is a bit of a hybrid between both those players and is a good fit for Arsenal's playing style. Although if Wenger does go looking for a German attacking midfielder, Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus might be an even more attractive option.

Mattias is ESPN FC's Arsenal correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @MattiasKaren.

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