£37m Arsenal target should stay in Germany one more year - German World Cup winner

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

Julian Draxler should not move to Arsenal just yet according to Gunter Netzer.

This winter saw Arsenal heavily linked with the signature of Schalke 04 youngster Julian Draxler. The German international, valued at £37 million, was believed to be keen on a move to The Emirates - and some circles remained almost certain that he would be on his way to London by the end of January.

That never happened - although it appears a fresh approach for the player is expected in the summer.

Wenger is said to be a fan of the player - as are many top managers across the globe - and it is easy to see why.

A playmaker with excellent technical proficiencies he is also physically imposing - built for the rough and tumble of the Premier League.

But one man, whose opinion should be respected, does not believe he is yet ready to make such a move.

Gunter Netzer is himself a former playmaker who played for Borussia Monchengladbach and Real Madrid during his illustrious career - which saw him win the FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championships and the German Footballer of the Year in 1972 and 1973.

Nowadays he is a regular pundit for German paper Bild - and he had this to say on the future of Draxler this weekend:

"It is not yet decided where the path really leads for Draxler…He is an exceptional talent with great prospects for a bright future. But his development is far from complete. For such a young man step into a top European team is difficult.

“Right off the bat to be a regular is a great challenge. Therefore, one must very carefully weigh up the decision because the development options are better for young players, if you are constantly used, instead of only hoping for occasional substitute appearances.

“With Draxler I fell the time is not yet come for a change. I would recommend that he mature at Schalke for a while and continue to perform in the national team.”

He has a point; Draxler is just 20-years-old and has struggled with fitness worries this season - as he continues to adapt to the stressors of playing regular top-class football.

So perhaps staying in the Bundesliga is the best option for 2014-15.

image: © Michael Kranewitter

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