According to EuroSport, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reservations over signing Julian Draxler from Paris Saint-Germain.
It has been reported that Draxler is a player Arsenal have ‘scouted extensively’ from PSG.
The Gunners are looking to sign a creative midfielder on loan in the January transfer window, according to the report, which has added that the North London club want ‘a player aged 24-29 who can improve their creativity and goal output and also aid the development of Smith Rowe’.
However, according to the report, Draxler was a target for the Gunners under former manager Arsene Wenger, and that is one of the reasons why a deal is unlikely.
“Mikel Arteta very much wants to put his own mark on this squad as they move forward,” states the report in EuroSport.
Interestingly, 90min has claimed that Arsenal are actually in talks with representatives of the Germany international, who can operate as an attacking midfielder or as a winger and is out of contract at PSG at the end of the season.
Loan move sensible
Emile Smith Rowe is emerging as Mesut Ozil’s long-term successor as the creator-in-chief at Arsenal.
However, the attacking midfielder is only 20 years of age and should not be put under too much pressure.
Draxler is a very experienced footballer who has won trophies with Schalke, PSG and the Germany national football team.
Signing the 2014 World Cup winner on a loan deal would give the Gunners more assurance of creativity for the second half of the season.
Having struggled for playing time at PSG so far this season – he has made just five starts in Ligue 1, according to WhoScored – Draxler himself is likely to be determined to show what he is capable of and would be keen on making an immediate impact at Arsenal.