Julian Draxler: Did Arsenal blow chance to sign £37m star for £25m bargain, or miss out on potential flop?

Julian Draxler in Germany tracksuit

Long term Arsenal target Julian Draxler left Schalke this summer, did the club miss out or dodge a potential flop?

Lost amid Arsenal's pursuit of Karim Benzema, was long term target Julian Draxler being sold by Schalke late this summer.

Arsenal were very strongly linked with signing Draxler in January 2014, with The Guardian reporting Arsene Wenger had sent chief negotiator Dick Law out to Germany to close a deal.

Their efforts were unsuccessful, with SkySports going on to report Schalke were holding out for a £37 million release clause fee in Draxler's contract.

Financially for Schalke this gamble did not pay off. Draxler spent weeks on the sidelines injured last season, and scored just two goals in 15 games Bundesliga games.

The attacker had wilted under the pressure, telling Sport1 this week that he felt the expectations on him to win games single handedly was too much.

A potential lucky escape then for Arsenal, a club at which the pressure to perform is even greater than in his homeland.

In the context of January 2014, and even now, yes. Draxler was being lined up to play as a striker by Arsenal, reported The Mirror, which claimed Arsene Wenger wanted to make him 'Robin van Persie mk II".

With a big price tag, had Arsenal paid the £37 million mid-season, and injuries and a potential lack of confidence from his comments, Draxler could have been ruined by such a big move.

This summer though could have been different. Wolfsburg splashed out to sign him, spending £25 million. Yet this could turn out to be a bargain compared to the money Schalke were previously asking of him.

Draxler is just 21-years-old, and already has 170 senior appearances to his name and 15 international caps for Germany.

He remains an outstanding prospect who in the context of Raheem Sterling being worth twice the amount Wolfsburg paid for Draxler, Arsenal could regret not snapping up the moment his asking price dipped.

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