Following intense speculation of a potential Arsenal move for Schalke’s Julian Draxler, the North London side seem to have been dealt a blow in their well documented pursuit of the highly-rated German star.
Draxler, who was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates in January, has revealed that he had snubbed an offer from Arsenal and has put all on-going gossip in regards to his future at rest by confirming that he will stay at the Veltins-Arena, at least for one more season.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the German international said: “In January there was the offer of Arsenal, but I decided to stay. I will do the same this summer. I want to play one year more in Schalke.”
While this may come as a blow to some Arsenal fans, I really do not think the Gunners squad is in need of a player like him at the moment. Julian Draxler is a Wilshere-like central midfielder with intricate link-up play and a great eye for goal. Looking at the Arsenal squad, it is not hard to see that there isn’t much room for him anyway.
The attacking midfield is probably the one area of the pitch that is of least concern to the Arsenal boss. With world-class midfielders like Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere already in the squad, there isn’t really any need for Wenger to spend big money on someone like Draxler. If anything, Arsenal should try and sign Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira, who is said to be available for as little as £16 million. The Express claims that Real Madrid boss Ancelotti is ready to offload the German this summer
Let’s be honest here, while Mikel Arteta is a great leader on the pitch and a real team player, he is far from being a world-class defensive midfielder. The Spaniard is often over-run by midfield adversaries and tends to give away cheap free kicks. While Mathieu Flamini is also available, I really think that Arsene Wenger needs to bring in a proper shield for the defence.
At 27 years of age, Sami Khedira is most certainly in the prime of his career and has a good few years ahead of him. With great physical strength to go with his appetite for competition, he will not find it very hard to adapt to the Premier League and with the Arsenal squad already consisting of German stars like Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger will surely have a good chance of signing him should the Frenchman choose to make a move.
So with that being said, I really hope the Gunners boss will indeed make an effort to bring the German enforcer to the Emirates, he is exactly what the Arsenal midfield needs at the moment. What do you think Gooners?