Julian Draxler wants Arsenal but should Arsenal want Draxler?

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Julian Draxler has recently commented on a possible future move to England citing Arsenal as his favoured destination, but do Arsenal actually need him?

Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler has spoken to British media about a possible future move in the future, the young midfielder said:

‘’I have always said English teams are very big clubs and Arsenal is of course one of them. We’ll see what happens this summer’.’

The midfielder also admitted to speaking to German Arsenal players about the club previously, and complimented the football the Gunners play.

‘’Of course, I sometimes speak to Mesut or Per about the team, about the club and they always tell me nice things’.’

On a possible move to the North-London club in the future, he admitted there is interest on his part.

‘’You never know what happens in the summer, but Arsenal is a very, very nice team.

‘’They always have very young players, they play attractive football and that’s what I like’’

The move has Arsenal fans dreaming about what the 20-year-old wonderkid can bring to the side, but do they actually need him?

Arsenal already possess one of the most impressive midfields in the country, not only that they have a lot of good young players coming through in the similar positions and roles that the German international will bring to the squad.

Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, and Aaron Ramsey can already offer, and do offer what the German would bring to the side and two of them are under age of 23.

There is also Thomas Rosicky, Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Thomas Eisfeld, Ryo Miyaichi and Serge Gnabry, who can play to a similar role and style to the German so it’s not like they’re short in this area.

The move from an Arsenal perspective makes for little sense, especially when there are more pressing matters within the squad that need looking at first.

He has spent most of his time on the left of an attacking 3 for Schalke this season, and the similarities between the set-up of Schalke and Arsenal means that he would be able to slip in seamlessly into the side.

My advice to the transfer committee at Arsenal would be to put signing young attacking midfielders on hold and focus elsewhere on the squad, there is no point in flooding one position and bemoaning the limitations in others i.e having one decent striker on the books. 

image: © Matt and Kim Rudge

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