£37m Arsenal target Draxler identifies one key area he must improve

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

Arsenal linked Julian Draxler admits he must work harder if he is to improve as a footballer.

So far with his career, Julian Draxler is doing a lot right.

At 20-years-old the attacker is already a German international, and has played most recently against Real Madrid in the Champions League.

A regular for top German side Schalke, he has a release clause of £37 million written into his contract, and is coveted by several top clubs in the Premier League, most strongly linked to Arsenal.

Yet the hot property is not resting on his laurels, determined to improve his game, potentially to earn his big move and demonstrate why interested clubs should shell out the big money clause required.

Speaking to BILD after Schalke's 2-0 win over Hertha Berlin at the weekend, Draxler has identified where he feels he needs to improve.

"While I was injured in the winter I have analysed. And I have come to the conclusion that I must do more defensive work and more running."

Draxler put in some defensive work at the weekend, making two tackles and two interceptions, and his dedication to improving this part of his game should be admired.

It's an area compatriot Mesut Ozil has been criticised for, although figures showed he actually covered more ground in the home defeat to Bayern than any of his teammates. Yet defensive work is a value much coveted by top bosses in attacking players, with it one of the reasons Jose Mourinho is reported to have lost faith in Juan Mata at Chelsea, due to a perceived lack of commitment to tracking back.

Draxler's comments also hint that a conversion to become a striker, as newspapers claimed Arsene Wenger may have tried with him had he signed him in January, is not at the forefront of his mind.

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt stated yesterday that he expected Draxler to still be playing for the club next season. Yet with the release clause common knowledge and coming into effect this summer, if a club like Arsenal want him badly enough, it will be out of their hands.

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