Yet another reason why Arsenal should pay €40m for 20-year-old

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Reportedly a long-term target for Arsenal, Julian Draxler has provided more key passes than all but two Gunners stars in the league this season.

With another transfer window drawing ever closer, Arsenal fans can expect to read plenty of stories linking the Gunners with Julian Draxler once again.

The Schalke starlet was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium back in January, but despite no such move occurring, the whispers continue, with Arsene Wenger believed to be a big admirer of the 20-year-old.

Some reports have claimed Arsenal are no longer interested after scouting reports suggested he could not be turned into a front-man in the same way Wenger did with Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie before him. But others claim Draxler remains very much on the Frenchman's wish-list, and here is just another reason why:

Football statistics website Whoscored.com have revealed that Draxler is the third highest supplier of key passes when it comes to under-21 stars in Europe's top five leagues.  With 56 to date, only Hakan Calhanoglu and Johannes Geis have provided more.

But as impressive a stat as that is, it becomes even more so when you consider the Arsenal players' key passes this season.

Only club-record signing Mesut Ozil (with 71) and Santi Cazorla (with 67) have more than Draxler, with no other Arsenal player even reaching the 40 mark for chances created for a teammate.

  Total Key PassesAppsMins
Mesut Özil 71 25 2,059
Santiago Cazorla 67 31 2,597

So while Draxler will certainly not come cheap - considering his €40million release clause - and he may not be a player who can easily be transformed into an out-and-out front-man, he is clearly highly effective in his role on the left-side of attacking midfield.

With stats like that, could Wenger really ignore him all summer long?

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