Those who know me personally know that I rate Julian Draxler highly, and believe he could thrive under the management of Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman also seems to be a fan of the player. In the last couple of transfer windows, Arsenal have been linked with the signing of the German star, but unfortunately, have not been able to sign him.
The Gunners could possibly have signed him last summer if they were not obsessed with the signing of Thomas Lemar. I believed then, and still believe today, Draxler would have been an Arsenal player had Arsene Wenger moved for him rather than Lemar, which turned out to be a wild goose chase. However, the former Schalke 04 star could still be on his way to Arsenal, especially with the news that Paris Saint-Gemain could be signing Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho over the summer.
Everyone believes Barcelona will sign Coutinho, but according to the Brazilian’s national team mate, Thiago Silva, the player could be a surprise signing for the French club. And with Silva being close to Coutinho, he may be discreetly telling us what we don’t already know.
‘I talk a lot with Coutinho. I hope that at the end of the season or even before, it could be a nice surprise for us,’ he told Telefoot ( quote via metro ).
‘I hope he will think well and that next year he will work with us. ‘As with Neymar, I give him a lot of advice. But I think the most important thing for him is to make the best decision.’
If PSG are not working on signing the player behind the scenes, I doubt Silva would even be talking about the possibility. This statement sounds to be like a cheeky “tap up” of the Liverpool man.
That signing would shock the world, but knowing PSG, anything is possible, and should such a deal happen, it would further reduce Julian Draxler’s limited opportunities at the French club. This could very well play into Arsenal’s hands. With Alexis Sanchez set to depart, Arsenal could do with someone like Draxler as his replacement.
The German is certainly not as glamorous as the Chilean, but he would be a cheap and readily available signing for the Gunners. His versatility would be handy for Wenger whenever the Gunners annual injury crisis strikes.
Draxler can play as a false nine, on both flanks, and as a number 10. He would certainly be an upgrade on Theo Walcott, who I reckon will be leaving the club in the summer anyway. And the fact that he is likely to be available for a cut price transfer fee means Arsenal could still have the money they need to sign Nabil Fekir if they so want.