Why Arsenal should forget about Schalke star Julian Draxler

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

The Germany international has shown in his short career to date that he is injury prone - something that the Gunners don’t need.

Arsenal were being heavily linked with a move for Schalke star Julian Draxler in the summer and later last year, who has proven himself as one of the most exciting young players in European football when he is fit and firing.

With the Gunners possessing a growing German contingent in their squad and the attacking midfielder seemingly possessing all the technical attributes to fit into the North London side’s style of play, the potential deal seemed like a match made in heaven.

However, another similarity between Draxler and a host of Arsenal’s other young stars is reason enough for the Emirates Stadium side to look elsewhere for transfer targets.

The Germany international has a growing track record of injuries, despite only being 21.

Outwith the normal bumps and small ailments that can keep a player out of action for a week or two, Draxler has suffered a number of more serious setbacks during his time in the professional game.

He is currently on the treatment table with a thigh injury, which has forced him to miss a considerable portion of the 2014-15 season.

In the past the skilful attacker has suffered from prolonged achilles tendon issues also that have blighted his chances to string together a consistent run of games in the Gelsenkirchen side’s starting XI.

Despite being part of Schalke’s first-team squad for five seasons, the most games Draxler has managed to start has been 25 - this happened last season.

With some of Arsenal’s current crop supremely talented but spending almost as much time on the treatment table as on the pitch, any potential future bid to sign Draxler by Arsene Wenger will surely have alarm bells going off amongst the Emirates Stadium faithful.

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