How caving into £30m+ Arsenal Draxler bid would affect Schalke

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Will Arsenal secure Julian Draxler? If they do then the selling club could be left high and dry.

Arsenal are not the only ones who consider their fate this season could lie at the feet of Julian Draxler.

FC Schalke, Draxler's current owners, are doing their best to resist selling - and it's with very good reason.

With the playmaker's release clause not active until the summer, they are so far holding off - but if they did cave into Arsenal's demands - their season would take a huge uphill task from here on in.

Essential to Schalke's development is securing Champions League football next season, and right now the chase could not be closer.

While Bayern Munich already appear to have the Bundesliga sewn up, 10 points clear at the top - second place Bayer Leverkusen are also looking good to maintain that position - four points ahead of third.

Already it's looking like a four or five team battle for two spots - with only one offering guaranteed Champions League football next season, the other needing to go through qualifiers.

Currently Borussia Dortmund's injury hit team occupy third, on 33 points, ahead on goal difference of Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Schalke presently sit fifth, on 31 points with Wolfsburg 6th on 30 and Hertha Berlin seventh on 28. Just five points separate five teams, and somebody is clearly going to miss out.

Schalke's form is mixed, winning three of the last five but none of those back-to-back, yet they are in the perfect place to kick on with star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar returning from an injury at the weekend which has kept him out nearly all season long.

So if the Germans caved into Arsenal's bid for Julian Draxler now it would make little sense, to pull the rug out from under their season.

They would be left with next to no time to bring in a replacement, although Tottenham's Lewis Holtby could perhaps be brought in on loan at the last minute.

Like for any team, securing Champions League football is essential to their financial and sporting success, and failure to do so could result in more of their players' futures becoming under scrutiny.

Draxler has provided the joint highest number of assists in the Schalke squad, and registers on average their third highest number of shots per game. The 72 successful dribbles he has completed this season has only been bettered by one Bundesliga player, Bayern's Franck Ribery.

His importance to Schalke is clear, and letting him go now represents a risk the German side should well feel is unnecessary. With his £37 million release clause in the summer likely to attract buyers - financially it may even be better for them to wait until then too.

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