Alan Smith "disappointed" to miss out on Julian Draxler

FC Schalke's German midfielder Julian Draxler looks on during a training session at Stamford Bridge in London on October 5, 2013
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Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith says that he was "disappointed" to see the club fail to sign Julian Draxler.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has said that missing out on Julian Draxler was a big disappointment following the end of the transfer window.

The Gunners were repeatedly linked with a move for the Schalke 04 attacking midfielder, but a reported £35m bid failed to materialise.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Smith said: "We're all left a bit disappointed that Julian Draxler never arrived.

"Was it a question of money? We'll never know, but the signing would have carried on the feel-good factor from the Mesut Ozil signing.

"There's a tough run of fixtures coming up and the fans may become disheartened."

Arsenal are currently second in the Premier League.

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