PHOTOS: Reported £37m replacement target with Arsenal star Ozil

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Julian Draxler is believed to be being lined up by Arsenal as a replacement for Mesut Ozil.

This season has not started well for Mesut Ozil. The German international is currently out injured after suffering a nasty knee injury, which will rule him out until 2015.

But the level of his current performances can be summed up by the fact that one national paper decided to break the news of his most recent injury as a 'boost for Arsenal.

He has been used mainly on the wing, where he has struggled to have the required impact for the club, and fans are now growing tired of his performances - considering he cost a whopping £42.4 million from Real Madrid last summer.

His form has been so bad that some are even considering the possibility that Arsenal might sell him. Bayern Munich are believed to be keen and Arsenal reportedly have a replacement lined up - Julian Draxler.

The Schalke 04 playmaker has a £37 million release clause in his current contract and Arsenal have been linked with his signature for several seasons now.

Now they are again being linked with his signature, with Ozil set to lose his place to his younger understudy.

That would be awkward, considering the pair are international team-mates.

Draxler was at the World Cup with Ozil this summer and he is also a big fan of him.

This time last year he said of Ozil:

"I've always said I'm a big fan of Mesut Ozil, who ventured abroad and developed at Real Madrid into a world-class player. Just to be a teammate of his [with the German national team] makes me quite proud."

The likelihood that Arsenal will sell Ozil however remains very low. He cost plenty of money and Arsene Wenger still has plenty of faith in him.

If Arsenal sign Draxler, the pair will be playing together - so get used to these two buddies getting on like a house on fire, should Wenger blow the dust off the chequebook once again this winter.

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