Chelsea’s Gary Cahill comments on ‘talented’ Arsenal target

Julian Draxler

Gary Cahill has praised the talents of Schalke 04’s Julian Draxler.

Draxler created the German’s equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Stamford Bridge earlier this season, as the Blues faltered at the opening of their Champions League campaign.

The two teams face off again this week, with Chelsea looking to secure their place in the knock-out stages of the competition, whilst Schalke - now managed by Blues legend Roberto Di Matteo - could move equal on points with the West Londoners should they become the first team to defeat them this season.

Di Matteo has started his career in the Bundesliga solidly, with three wins from five games, having been helped by the goalscoring form of Eric Choupo-Moting, Klass-Jan Huntelaar and Draxler - although the latter has been disappointing considering his usually high standards.

Renowned for his dribbling ability and work-rate, the 21-year-old German international rescued a point for Schalke at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues all-but dominating proceedings. He evaded a number of midfielders to break through into the final third, before playing a perfect pass for Huntelaar to finish past Thibaut Courtois.

The Blues are wary of Draxler’s threat once again, and Gary Cahill - who will be in the centre of defence looking to prevent the wonderkid from excelling - admitted that he is one to look out for amongst the German’s ranks.

Speaking to the Standard, Cahill said: “Draxler played very well against us at Stamford Bridge. He is a very skilful and talented played, we all know that. He is going to be one to look out for.”

Likened to Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Draxler has long been courted by a number of Premier League clubs, with Arsenal said to be the favourites for his signature. He turned down a move to the Emirates last season, but he could well make the switch to England in the summer of 2015 should Schalke fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.

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