A nation's fate lies in Arsenal's £40m transfer deal

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A proposed Arsenal transfer for Julian Draxler can be of huge benefit to Germany if reports earlier this week are to be believed.

Arsenal want Julian Draxler... To be the next Robin van Persie - Screamed the tabloids earlier this week.

An attacking midfielder to solve Arsenal's strike problems? Well it has happened before, most successfully with Thierry Henry going from a speedy winger to Arsenal's record goalscorer and a striking legend.

Much debate continues over whether Draxler to Arsenal will or will not go ahead, but from a German perspective it would certainly be a fantastic move.

Yes there is the point that he would link up with compatriots Ozil, Podolski, Mertesacker and Gnabry, but that is just the bonus.

If Wenger's rumoured plan to turn Draxler into a striker is true - then that is the reason the whole of Germany should be excited.

The German national team is widely regarded as one of the elite of world football, and a serious contender for the summer's World Cup in Brazil.

What they lack however is a world class striker. Miroslav Klose is into his mid-to-late 30s and has had an indifferent season and beyond this summer will not be an option, while Mario Gomez has endured an injury ravaged 18 months and poor start to life at Fiorentina.

Manager Jogi Low has attempted to find a solution, including playing Andre Schurrle and Mesut Ozil up front, with limited success.

Further options are yet unproven, and in Germany there is no clear sight of a world class striker to complement the outstanding players in every other position in the team.

That's why the reported claim Arsene Wenger wants to sign Julian Draxler and convert him into a striker is so fascinating.

The Arsenal boss is a man with a track record to suggest he can do exactly that, and in solving Arsenal's opening, he also can also solve Germany's.

Draxler moving to Arsenal would rid the Bundesliga of one of its brightest talents, but if it meant long term Draxler firing Germany to international silverware, it's a price many fans would surely settle for.

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