Just as good and only half as expensive – could the “new Draxler” be a better alternative for Wenger?
Arsenal's coach Arsene Wenger hasn’t become famous in recent years for being a spendthrift, which is why he still hesitates to pay the amount of €45.5 million Euros which is determined in Draxler’s contract with Schalke.
Yet maybe he doesn’t even have to focus on another club to find an interesting and cheaper alternative.
Max Meyer is Schalke’s high flyer of this season and some say already that he might be even more talented than Draxler. So far his numbers are quite impressive. This is his first Bundesliga season and he has already scored five goals and provided two assists in his 19 season appearances.
Not bad for an 18-year-old Bundesliga debutant who only was a starter in 13 of the 19 matches. Almost more impressive is his 86% pass accuracy as an attacking midfielder. He plays very calmly for his age and it’s hard for his opponents to separate him from the ball.
Just to remember, it took Draxler two years before had his breakthrough. In his first Bundesliga season he scored one goal in 15 matches and one year later he achieved two goals in 30 season appearances. Only the year after that he managed to score 10 times in 30 matches. Meyer is already on the way to achieve this number in his very first season while being two years younger than Draxler.
Draxler’s balance of one goal and five assists in this season confirms the theory that he is more a player like Ozil provides assists more than he scores, whereas Meyer’s five goals and two assists seem to prove that he looks for the direct way to the goal more often. Maybe that's something that Wenger should be looking more for instead of a second Ozil.
Apart from knowing where the goal stands, Meyer has an excellent technique thanks to the fact that he was also an active futsal player for four years. In the under-17 European Cup in 2012 he won the trophies as both the best player and the top scorer of the tournament.
In Schalke they were so convinced about him that they gave him the jersey with the number 7, which was always worn by club legends like Libuda, Abramczyk or Raul.
Last year in November Chelsea offered already €15 million for Meyer, which led to an immediate extension of his contract with Schalke until 2018. However, this contract contains a clause that allows him to leave Schalke for €25.5 million.
In an interview with the German newspaper Bild two weeks ago he revealed that he doesn’t want to play for Schalke for all his career, which could give hope to some Premier League clubs if they want to sign him.
So far he has just stated that he would never play for Dortmund, the arch-rival of Schalke. Wenger could probably live with that.
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