According to reports, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stepped up his interest in young Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler. The 21 year old German is widely touted as being one of the future stars of world football, and has been called up by the German national team on several occasions and was part of the World Cup winning squad.
He has attracted significant interest from other clubs in the past, including Arsenal, but has so far chosen to stay at boyhood club FC Schalke 04. He has developed massively as an attacking player at the club, reportedly receiving training from Real Madrid legend Raul himself.
But Arsenal are now reportedly very eager to sign the midfielder, and are making their intentions known. The German international returned from suspension to feature in Schalke’s Champions League group game in midweek, a 1-1 draw with Slovenian club Maribor. For that game, the Gunners sent scouts to watch the player.
Wenger is aware that this will be a tough player to land, not just in terms of transfer fees but also because of competition from other clubs. Therefore, Arsenal are also keeping tabs on Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marcelo Brozovic as a backup option if the deal for Draxler fails.
Should We Buy?
Draxler is mainly a left wing player, though he can also play down the centre or on the right. He has pace, skill and great vision, and can score as well. The midfielder is also able to use both his feet equally well, making him highly versatile, a trait Wenger values.
While we already have very good forwards, our left wing has seen players like Ozil and Wilshere being made to play out of position whenever Wenger chooses to rest Alexis Sanchez. By buying a player who is a natural in the position, we can get the best out of the team. Also, with the injury prone nature of the Arsenal team, a little extra cover would never hurt.
This transfer is also one for the future. At 21, Draxler is already an established player, who can only get better with time. With Lukas Podolski reportedly on the way out, the Schalke youngster would be the ideal replacement for his countryman. I feel that we should buy if the opportunity presents itself.
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