Schalke chief Horst Heldt insists that Arsenal target Julian Draxler is staying with the club for the rest of the season and "probably" beyond.

Arsenal have been looking into sealing a move for the Germany international.

But whilst the Gunners are continuing to pursue him, Schalke have insisted that he will be staying put.

"I am very sure that Julian will play in the second half for us - and probably beyond," sporting director Heldt said on Thursday.

Heldt has long insisted that Draxler will be staying, despite the fact the player does have a release clause of £37million.

Arsene Wenger confirmed on Tuesday after Arsenal's draw at Southampton that he could be forced to bring in reinforcements ahead of Friday's transfer deadline.

"I hope we have something to tell you because we lost a few players now," Wenger said when asked about the prospect of new signings.