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    Is Julian Draxler a Worthwhile Arsenal Signing?

    For the past several seasons the young German international winger Julian Draxler, has been perennially linked with a move to Arsenal, but with these rumours building again, is he a worthwhile signing for the North London club?

    Primarily this season Arsenal have been playing with the likes of on-form Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alex Iwobi as their wingers after manager Arsene Wenger moved Alexis Sanchez to the central striker position this season. With this proving a success with 14 goals from 22 games this season, the team could be argued to need a potential world class winger if they want to claw back the already huge nine point gap to the Premier League leader.

    Attacking prowess has long been seen as the strong point of the Arsenal team, but the winger position may be a slight weak link. Both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are in good form at the moment, having scored 11 in 18 and 6 in 12 respectively, but realistically, are they both going to be able to keep up this form across the entirety of a arduous Premier League season.

    Spaniard Santi Cazorla can play as an attacking winger, but has been primarily used as a creative centre midfielder over the past few seasons. Academy graduate Alex Iwobi has struggled in his second season after a breakthrough campaign last season, so who could remedy this potential issue for Arsenal?

    Draxler in a publicity shot whilst with Schalke, his hometown club and the team with which he began his Bundesliga career. Photo copyright Sebastian Konopka/Associated Press.


    This is where Julian Draxler could step in. The 23 year-old German has been viewed as one of Europe's most promising young wingers since breaking into the Schalke team in January 2011. After the 2012-13 season where he scored ten goals in thirty games he has been on the radar of some of Europe's top clubs, and of the many Arsenal have been constantly linked with the German. 

    He has great technical ability and is two footed, and is a player that Wenger clearly admires. It's believed he made bids for him on at least two separate occasions over the past few years, but how much of this is simply empty press speculation cannot be know. It's been heavily predicted that Draxler will leave Wolfsburg in January, with both sides seemingly eager to move on from each other. 

    Draxler seems frustrated with his level of playing time this season, whilst it seems Wolfsburg owners VW are keen to cut the clubs funding and are looking to move on one of their most prized assets. It's believed a bid in the region of £30 million would be enough to prize him away from the Bundesliga, but Arsenal will have to beat several top European rivals to win his signature. It's believed Wolfsburg rejected a summer bid from Italian champions Juventus, and French champions PSG are also seemingly interested in the German. 

    For Arsenal a major plus for them will be the obvious attraction of the Premier League, along with a large German contingent already at the club. Draxler is familiar with the likes of Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Shokdran Mustafi from time spent together with the German national team. Draxler has been a part of the national team since 2012 and is now an established member of the squad. 

    Draxler in action for Wolfsburg in the Champions League last season. One year on and now it seems both sides are set to move on in January. Photo copyright Getty Images.


    Whilst there are attractions to joining Arsenal, the fact that the club have struggled to win major trophies in recent seasons will put them at a disadvantage with their rivals. Both Juventus and PSG are the current league champions and both have a better record in recent seasons in the Champions League. The promise of the potential for winning league titles and major trophies is something every player wants to have, and this may be enough to tempt Draxler to choose them over North London.

    Draxler would certainly provide an instant upgrade over Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Iwobi at the winger position, although he would need some initial time to adjust to the Premier League much like has occurred with fellow Bundesliga signing Granit Xhaka. He would have the potential to be a dynamic winger who could link up well with Ozil and Sanchez to provide a mouth watering attacking front. 

    He could also provide insurance for Wenger with the likes of Ozil and Sanchez, both of whom are in highly publicised contract talks with the club. Both have 18 months left on their current deals, and both are demanding a big pay increase to stay with the club for the coming years. There is the very real possibility both could leave and this could seriously hamper any title ambitions the club have going forward. 

    Draxler would be a good signing for Arsenal and would sure up the winger position with a genuine potential world class talent. Signing him could also provide a clear statement of the club's ambitions to the squad and fans, and could be enough to tempt Ozil and Sanchez to sign new deals going forward. The potential to have Ozil, Sanchez and Draxler leading the attacking line for Arsenal is a mouth watering one and would match any of the attacking options in the Premier League. 
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