Why Arsenal should move on from Draxler - and sign his compatriot instead


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is still looking to strengthen his frontline, but should focus his interest on Miroslav Klose rather than Julian Draxler.

Wenger has had a quiet January transfer window so far this month, but hinted at potential incomings after his side's 2-2 draw at Southampton on Tuesday night. Much of the focus this week has been on Schalke playmaker Draxler, who could cost around £40m, and with a Gunners delegation reportedly in Germany for talks over the 20-year-old starlet, Wenger must still be hopefully of clinching a deal for Draxler before tomorrow's 11pm deadline.

But Arsenal are currently well stocked with playmakers and wide players, even with the absence of Theo Walcott. Mesut Ozil, Santi Cazorla, Lukas Podolski, Aaron Ramsey, Serge Gnabry and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all fighting for places in the first team under Wenger, and whilst adding Draxler would make the Arsenal attack even more impressive, it isn't a pressing concern right now.

What is important now is bringing in support for striker Olivier Giroud, who has had little help so far this season. Nicklas Bendtner has offered occasional relief for the French international, but suffered an ankle recently, leaving Giroud as the leading striker once more. Additionally, Bendtner doesn't have the required ability to help Arsenal push towards a title, meaning Wenger should be looking to add another centre forward.

Real Madrid's Alvaro Morata has been strongly linked with a loan move to the Emirates Stadium, but manager Carlo Ancelotti has so far been unwilling to allow his young striker to leave the club, as Morata currently serves as the backup to Karim Benzema at the Santiago Bernabeu.

That has led Wenger to consider other options, and a leading one appears to be Lazio's Miroslav Klose. At 35, Klose is entering the twilight years of his career, but the German predator has proven himself to be an outstanding goalscorer during spells with Kaiserslauten, Werder Bremen, Bayern Munich and now Lazio, and would be an excellent short-term addition to help fire Wenger's men towards the title.

With aerial ability and superb link-up play, Klose would be the perfect player to give Giroud some rest in the second half of the season. Having seen Lazio snap up former Spurs flop Helder Postiga, the path to signing Klose may be clear for Wenger, but he will have to move quickly to beat the deadline.

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