Potential blow for Arsenal as chairman claims Draxler wants to stay at Schalke

Julian Draxler

It seems as if Schalke’s may have convinced Julian Draxler to stay another year. Should the Gunners look for an alternative now?

According to Sport Bild, Schalke’s key players Julian Draxler and Jefferson Farfan are willing to stay at their current club. 

The German source quoted Schalke’s chairman Tönnies with the following words. If nothing exceptional happens then Julian will stay with us. I am convinced that he will even play longer than just the next season for Schalke. After that we will see.“

Of course this statement still leaves some room for interpretation. What would he consider as something exceptional that could possibly change things? Maybe if Arsenal is willing to pay the defined transfer sum of 45 million Euros?

Also the last sentence could give the Gunners new hope to sign him maybe in one or two years, but would they be willing to wait that long for him?

Even more interesting is what Draxler’s advisor Roger Wittmann, who is also Farfan’s advisor, said about this case. “Why should a player leave a team when the club is building up a top team? I am in favour of that players stand by to what they have signed.

"There would have to happen many, many things that one of the two leaves. And right now it’s not looking like that. The players realize that the people here work with a lot of calmness and that there is an atmosphere of departure for the future.”

Although one could also start to speculate what Wittmann means with the many, many things that could happen to make a transfer possible, it certainly doesn’t look as if Draxler is assuming he will be leaving Schalke right now.

The mentioned reasons are also interesting. Isn’t it possible to work in calmness in North London and does Arsenal lack that?

Probably he wasn’t comparing Schalke’s situation to other teams. It’s a fact that Schalke’s sporting perspectives are brilliant right now. They already play constantly with six or seven players who came from their own youth academy and their under-19 made it to the semi-final of the UEFA Youth League, a Champions League for young players of that age category. Even Dortmund and Bayern have to be jealous when they see how many top talents are being produced at Schalke right now.

Probably Draxler wants to see if the club manages to keep all these players together and therefore would have a realistic chance to play for some titles in the future.

If they start selling some of them, then he would still be young enough to join a top team in Europe in the future. If not, he may be the first to go.

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