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German youngster seemingly very unlikely to join the north London club this January

Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

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Gunners reportedly make 'take it or leave it' bid

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Dennis Bergkamp during his time with Arsenal

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Gunners must now turn their attention elsewhere with Adrian Lopez and Fernando Llorente possible options

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Arsenal manager admits he was not aware of Michu

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