In Julian Draxler transfer news, the German has been linked with a move to Arsenal. Paris Saint-Germain are open to selling to comply with FFP due to spending a lot themselves this summer on Neymar and imminently, Mbappe. Whilst Arsenal’s ability to sign Draxler could effect another key departure.
Position: primarily attacking/wide left-side midfielder, also capable playing on the right or as an attacking midfielder
Reported Transfer Fee: £38mil
2016/17 League Stats: 12 starts (5 sub appearances) 4 goals (1 assist)
Verdict: In all honesty, it’s a bit of a sorry state of affairs at Arsenal and much of it doesn’t need repeating from me. Would Draxler really want to be part of it?
PSG have obviously spent big this summer and the signings will effect Draxler’s game-time. I’m somewhat surprised that he could be one of those sacrificed given his talent but then you can’t really blame them for going for Neymar and Mbappe if there’s a chance they’re available! With Cavani, Di Maria and even Pastore already at the club and all seemingly above Draxler in the pecking order, a move might be sensible with the World Cup around the corner. For me that’s the only thing which might give Arsenal encouragement.
In Arsenal’s current system, with Sanchez and Ozil occupying the attacking midfield positions, you would have to say Draxler wouldn’t start above those two often but reports suggest Arsenal are targeting Draxler in order to appease fans from a likely backlash that would follow selling Sanchez to Man City. Whilst I wouldn’t rule out a system change either. Draxler is too good to sit on the bench, especially in comparison to Arsenal’s options in other areas.
Currently Ozil may be above Draxler in the German pecking and technically superior but Draxler still has room to improve, being 5 years younger. Physically Draxler is quicker and stronger. His qualities are more in keeping with a wide player cutting in whereas Ozil is of course more of a play-maker. They are different types of players so should be able to compliment each other and play effectively together at Arsenal.
Arsenal aren’t really solving any problems with this transfer though as Draxler isn’t a like for like replacement for Sanchez and it’s highly unlikely he will be anywhere near as prolific as the Chilean’s 24 goals whilst Alexis also got a respectable 10 assists. If Sanchez goes Arsenal will be weaker unless they sign more than Draxler, end of story.
More concerning news for Arsenal fans is that Draxler isn’t renown for his work-rate. His profile is actually very in-keeping with the kind of player Wenger tends to buy, certainly the last 10 years or so. Arsenal lack characters, they lack mentally strong, committed to the cause individuals. In Draxler they’re getting another ‘nice footballer’. Hopefully I’ve given the impression Draxler is a fine player and decent signing because he is but Arsenal are still doing nothing to address their personality problems in the squad. I worry for Arsenal’s season regardless of their success with this transfer.
All of this is before we discuss whether Draxler would want to join Arsenal anyway. Given the mess the club seems to be in with this comfortable culture at the club in which under achievement and poor decisions, including transfers go unchallenged. Surely some of this finds its way to Europe. There’s surely no hiding of the Champions League performances over recent years.
With Sanchez’s transfer to Man City said to depend on whether Arsenal are successful in their pursuit of Draxler it could be a very dramatic deadline day. If that’s true however there could be many disappointed Man City fans and one Chilean as there’s not many rational reasons to join Arsenal at the moment. Maybe playing regular in World Cup year will be enough but I’m not convinced. I’m also not convinced Sanchez’s future will depend entirely on this deal. So Man City fans might have some hope but that’s one thing I think could be lacking quite a bit at the Emirates this season…
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