Apparently everybody talks about the German wunderkind Julian Draxler. Arsene Wenger even talks to Draxler.
As we reported the former Middlesbrough FC and Norwegian international Jan Aage Fjortoft, who works as a TV-journalist now, broke the news that Arsenal are big favourite to sign Draxler as Wenger seems to have built a rapport with the 20-year-old.
Some interpreted that as a sure sign that Arsenal will make a move for the young gun from Bundesliga’s Schalke. But that might be a misleading assessment as the recent comments by the £26.5m man reveal.
In an interview with German football magazine kicker Julian Draxler said:
“Meanwhile I have accept the fact that I am not welcome at the number ten position here at Schalke,” told Draxler and continued with his criticism by saying:
“I am still convinced to be more dangerous in the middle then outside. Even though I am perhaps the only one [who think that way].”
Not to go out on a limb here but Draxler seemed angry. He is clearly unhappy and wants to play as a attacking midfielder like he did last season at Schalke.
To be fair, he also stated that he understands that high flying Max Meyer and Kevin-Prince Boateng are able to display their strength better together in the middle, but his emotions were clear to see.
Nonetheless his miserable situation may indicate that his next employer has to fulfil his wish to play as a number ten.
So where does that leave Arsenal's move for him? Competition in the centre is so intense that players like Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla find themselves shunted out wide, and Draxler has his work cut out.
If Draxler insists on playing in the middle of the field, will Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil hand over the keys and step aside? Not in a million years. As we reported earlier Ozil’s side “already possess one of the most impressive midfields in the country” with more players coming back from injury (Podolski, Walcott).
Draxler is unable to yet show he can usurp Ozil at international level, and he would risk ending up merely an understudy to his compatriot.
Given the huge fee he would command, and his apparent unwillingness to play out wide - this transfer may be one which ends up not happening after all.
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