Arsenal should snub £40m Draxler - And move for his teammate

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Arsenal have been strongly linked with a stunning £40m swoop for Schalke star Julian Draxler, just months after signing compatriot Mesut Ozil.

Ozil cost the Gunners £42.5m in September, but with the injury to Theo Walcott serving as a huge blow to their hopes of clinching their first silverware since 2005, Arsene Wenger has been linked with another delve into the transfer market. This time, it's for Ozil's German international team mate Julian Draxler.

Draxler, 20, has been rumoured to be a target of Arsenal's Premier League rivals Chelsea for some time, but the draw of joining fellow Germans Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Ozil could have swung the deal in Arsenal's favour. A January move has been mooted, though it's believed that the Bundesliga side don't want to sell their prized asset until the summer, where they can bring in a replacement.

But whilst Walcott will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, the Gunners still don't need to splash another £40m on another attacking midfielder. Podolski has now recovered from the hamstring injury that has seen him sidelined for the majority of the season, whilst Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also set to return to first team action following a knee injury. Wenger also has Santi Cazorla at his disposal, whilst youngster Serge Gnabry has proven that he deserves more first team opportunities with a number of impressive displays.

The situation isn't ideal by any stretch of the imagination, but would it require another £40m addition to solve it? It seems like another case of Arsenal trying to sign forwards rather than bring in players where they could do with help – at the back.

The Gunners have conceded the least amount of goals in the Premier League this season, but with question marks still surrounding Thomas Vermaelen's future at the club, Wenger has been linked with a number of defenders including Cheikhou Kouyate and Fabian Schar, but rather than target Draxler, Arsenal should move for his team mate Kyriakos Papadopoulos.

The Greek international would not only help solidify the defence if called upon, but he can also play the holding midfield role that is currently occupied by Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.

The rumoured fee for the 21 year old is £11m, and the former Olympiacos man was a strong target for Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool over the summer. With few natural holding midfielders at the club and one injury away from a centre back shortage, bringing in Papadopoulos would help cover for both positions as well as become a future starter at the Emirates Stadium.

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