Arsenal will still have to persuade the French club PSG to part with their player, but after they stunned the football world this summer by almost doubling the world record transfer outlay to sign the Brazil international star Neymar from FC Barcelona, you feel that they do not need Julian Draxler half as much as before.
The Gunners could certainly do with a player of his ability, though, and there have been a fair few Arsenal transfer rumours over the last few days suggesting that he is one of the players on the transfer wish list of Arsene Wenger. If I was the boss I would definitely be trying because from various previous comments it seems clear that Draxler would like to play for Arsenal.
As reported by the BBC, he spoke about our club just a few months ago after signing for PSG from the German club Wolfsburg in January, revealing that Arsenal had previously shown interest although not in that particular transfer window. He also spoke about how much he would love to play his club football alongside his fellow German international Mesut Ozil, although he was then suggesting that our playmaker join him in Paris.
Draxler said, “I would love to play with him every day.
“For me, he’s a great player. I enjoy to play with him for every training, every match with the German national team.
“Yes, I think he’s a great player. He would help every team in the world and I think he would enjoy the life here and even to play for PSG.”
Spin that around and you could see why Wenger might be optimistic about getting the deal done.
He also said, “Arsenal have been in contact since about two or three years ago but I was not in touch with them this winter.
“I like English football. I like the Premier League of course – it’s one of the best leagues in the world.”
So can Arsenal finally sign Draxler and pair him up with Ozil?