Draxler admits he wanted Arsenal move.
The Daily Express reports that Arsenal will look to complete the signing of Julian Draxler in the coming January window, perhaps as a replacement for embattled playmaker, Mesut Ozil.
Arsenal have been making advances at Draxler over the past 12 months with Schalke unwillingness to buck on their £37m valuation of the 21 year old attacker proving the main impediment to a move happening in January this year. It however, now appears Wenger is willing to sanction another mega splash which will now spend close to a £100m on three players within the last 18 months.
Draxler has often admitted his admiration for Arsenal, even admitting that he had wanted the Arsenal move when we made the enquiry earlier this year, but decided to continue his development at Gelsenkirchen. One probable reason was to be continually in the picture of National Team coach, Joachim Loew, to keep him within reach of a place in the World Cup squad. Having now achieved a World Cup medal, he may be ready to take his career to another level.
Though he made just one appearance in the Germans’ successful World Cup campaign, Draxler is amongst the next generation of stars from Germany who have been tipped to rule the football world in the coming years. A product of the Schalke youth system, Draxler has played all of his professional career to this stage Gelsenkirchen, with 16 goals in 105 League games since 2011. His frame and build, together with his pace and technical ability has endeared him to Wenger, and those qualities have seen Draxler earmarked as the one whom the manager intends to mould into the powerful striker of Henry’s calibre.
Arsene Wenger has an impressive legacy of converting players into positions where they have gone on to flourish, the two former captains mentioned above as the most recent successes. And with Draxler, who has been flexibly deployed across any of the three attacking positions behind the main striker, has the frame and potential to respond to the frenchman’s famous wand of conversion.
At such a young age, it is very reasonable to believe that such a process will have no backlashes whatsoever. On the contrary, he is in the best time to learn and adapt his game to the new role. Henry himself joined Arsenal at a similar age, though with a significantly higher dose of experience. It is interesting, though, that both of them were World Cup Winners and if Draxler is convinced enough to leave Schalke within the next 9 months, history may repeat itself – a prospect which will have Gooners in all manner of fantasy.
Is there a possibility that Draxler’s arrival will spell the departure of Mesut Ozil? Well, Ozil is basically a playmaker, while Draxler plays a little more advanced, with the potential for more goals. Rather than the case of one German for another, it could be one complementing the other. If any where to leave for Draxler, it’d probably be Podolski.
But football, as we know is bloody unpredictable; keep watch of this space!
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