Rising German star Julian Draxler has excited Arsenal fans by admitting he is open to leaving Schalke - and revealing how proud he is to play alongside the Gunners' Mesut Ozil at international level.

Attacking midfielder Draxler was linked with the north Londoners and Chelsea this summer but ended up signing a new deal with his Bundesliga club.

Now though the Daily Express reports he has spoken of it being his "dream" to leave Schalke for one of the game's elite teams.

"I owe Schalke a lot I have always been at Schalke. I need to emphasise this. But I 'm not so rooted here that I could not tear myself away" he said.

"I can honestly say that it is my dream to play for one of the big clubs at some point.