Arsenal Transfer News: German Contingent Should Help Bring in Julian Draxler

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Julian Draxler of Germany warms up during a training session at Wembley Stadium ahead of their International Friendly against England on November 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)
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If Arsenal target Julian Draxler were to complete a transfer to England, he would not only fit in well on the pitch, but he would be in great hands off of it. 

According to Sami Mokbel and John Edwards of the Daily Mail, Arsenal intend to launch a £37 million bid for the 20-year-old star, even though he could be out until March with a ruptured tendon. They point out that he could be a long-term addition to help the club:

Arsene Wenger’s staff believe Draxler, who plays as an attacking midfielder for Schalke, has the attributes to play as a lone centre forward.

Arsenal think Draxler has similar qualities to those of Van Persie and Thierry Henry, who arrived in north London as wingers but became prolific goalscorers.

There is little denying that Draxler would find a way to help out Arsenal in some way when healthy. The young player has already shown a great playmaking ability with Schalke 04, scoring four goals with five assists in 20 matches across Bundesliga and Champions League.

While he does play midfield for the German squad at this point, it is hard to doubt Arsene Wenger's scouting ability at this stage. If he believes Draxler could become a striker and succeed, that would be even better for Arsenal. provides a look at his finishing ability from last season:

Arsenal could use someone who can stay up front and finish off opportunities in the box, and Draxler appears to be that person.

However, an overlooked factor of the transfer process is the emotional change for the player. The German national would have to completely move his life to a different country that speaks a different language around people he has never met.

Fans often forget about the human side of players, and a move like this would be tough for anyone.

The good news is that Arsenal are as well-prepared for this as any in the English Premier League. The early-season addition of Mesut Ozil made him the fourth German on the roster, along with Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Serge Gnabry.

Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil in a training session.
Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil in a training session.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

According to Paul Gorst of Mirror Football, Mertesacker recently told the German website Spox:

We would love to welcome a player like Draxler, he is so young and already plays a huge role in Schalke and in the national team. But there is lots of talking about possible transfers, I am curious about what is going to happen.

We already have a little German academy here and I learned that German discipline and talents are very appreciated here (in London).

The club not only knows how to handle the addition of German talent, but he will have a small support group that should make him feel more comfortable and ease the transition. 

Of course, both Arsenal and Germany fans can dream of an Ozil-Draxler duo pairing up together to create an elite attacking force for years to come.

If the young player is on the fence about deciding where he should play, the group of Germans already on the roster should help make his choice.

Still, the potential transfer might not be completely in Draxler's hands. According to ESPN, Schalke have not received any official offers. Meanwhile, the whole deal could be ended if Lewis Holtby is not sent to the German club on loan, which is reportedly happening according to Metro.

Fortunately, there are still a few more weeks to get this deal completed. Draxler is a big-time prospect who can help Arsenal this season and a lot in the future.

He would be a perfect fit for the Gunners and his teammates could help him succeed right away. Wenger must find a way to complete this transfer before it is too late. 


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