Former Bayern star: Draxler is NOT what Arsenal need

Julian Draxler

Former Liverpool, Bayern and Newcastle United midfielder Hamann touts Arsenal target as fantastic, but doubts he's what the Gunners need.

FC Schalke 04 star Julian Draxler is fantastic, a goal-scorer and a goal provider, an attacker capable of making a big impact wherever he ends up playing football - but he is not the player Arsene Wenger needs in his Arsenal selection.

That is the view of former Liverpool and Bayern Munich midfielder Dietmar Hamann, who believes the Gunners have plenty of 'Draxlers' already and that Wenger's time would be better spent recruiting a striker capable of leading the line, rather than a forward eager to assist it.

'Draxler is an exceptionally talented kid and is scoring a lot of goals for Schalke,' Hamann, a two-time Bundesliga champion, told talkSPORT. 'He will improve Arsenal but I’m not sure he’s the player they really need. He’s an attacking midfielder and they have plenty of those already - what they need is a centre-forward.'

Hamann then warned Wenger over attempting to alter Draxler's role. There had been speculation that Arsene wanted to do to the wonderkid, 20, what he did to Robin van Persie and Thierry Henry - convert a left-sided forward into an elite-level striker.

'The way Arsenal play he could probably start up front, but it’s not his preferred position.'

Should Arsenal make their interest official and bid for Draxler, Hamann has no doubts though that a 'fantastic' footballer will join the Emirates Stadium side: 'He’s very talented, he scores and sets up goals. Whoever gets him is landing a fantastic player who will have a big impact.'

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