Any Arsenal fan who is not deluded will realise that Alexis Sanchez is on his way out of the club. The question is when will he leave; in the winter or summer? It is not a matter of IF, but rather a matter of WHEN. And the most sensible thing for Arsenal to do is to commence work on finding his replacement.
Two weeks ago Nabil Fekir was linked with a move to the Emirates. The Frenchman could be Sanchez or Mesut Ozil’s replacement. Paris Saint-Germain star Julian Draxler is also linked with a move to the North London club today, and should he sign for the Gunners, he will be a replacement for Sanchez for sure.
The former Schalke 04 and Wolfsburg attacker has been linked with Arsenal for a couple of seasons now. This includes being linked with the Gunners last summer when it became obvious the Premier League side would not succeed in their bid to sign Thomas Lemar from AS Monaco, but nothing came of this.
Rumours now have it that Arsenal are considering signing him on loan in January. Draxler has found playing time hard to come by at PSG as was expected when the French club signed Neymar in a world record deal from Barcelona over the summer. The 2014 World Cup winner could therefore be tempted to leave the club for pastures new. Should Draxler sign for Arsenal, he would get ample playing time, especially as Sanchez is more or less out of the door.
But according to reports, Arsenal may find it difficult to convince the player to leave the French club for whatever reason. Draxler has started just eight games for PSG in all competitions so far this season and of those eight, he only played the full 90 minutes in half of them. Once Sanchez leaves Arsenal, Draxler would only have Danny Welbeck to compete with on the left side of the Gunners’ attack, and Theo Walcott and Alex Iwobi down the right. Surely he will be Arsene Wenger’s first choice against any of this trio.
What makes the reports even more interesting is the talks of a loan deal. That would be very Wenger like. Signing Draxler on loan from January until the end of the season would make a lot of sense for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. With a loan deal, the Premier League side could easily send him back to the French capital should he fail to deliver in the Premier League. On the opposite side his price could also go too high for what the Gunners would be willing to pay if he does well. Hence I believe Arsenal would be smart to negotiate a loan deal for six months, plus an option to buy for a fixed amount. That way they will stand no risk of overpaying should he do really well during the second half of the campaign.
Julian Draxler signed for Paris Saint-Germain in a deal said to be worth £35.5 million, and the Ligue 1 leaders are likely to be expecting as much as that, if not more, if they are to sell the player now.