Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski says January rumours of a swap involving Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler was a non-starter.

The 28-year-old, who has started just five Premier League games this season, heaped praise on his compatriot, but insists they have never discussed the prospect of Draxler moving to Arsenal.

"Every top player is of interest to Arsenal - and Draxler is certainly one of those," Podolski told Bild.

"But I do not know what the [club bosses] are planning.

"I only know that a swap deal involving me and him was never a consideration.

"I am in contact with Julian. He is a great guy... but we haven't spoken about a move."

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