If there is no smoke without fire, then Arsenal are definitely making a concerted bid to bring Julian Draxler to the Emirates. He will definitely find many friendly German faces around, including Per Mertesacker who is extremely keen to have his countryman join our ranks.
If Wenger was watching the Euro U21s… by Declan
Don’t worry Arsenal fans, Arsene Wenger is not just sitting on his hands while rival teams snap up players like Demba Ba, Lewis Holtby and Daniel Sturridge. Arsenal are like a cheetah on the African savannah, lying in wait, coiled like a spring ready to pounce. Any old antelope won’t do, however. We are waiting for the juiciest, most succulent prey to come along. The only problem is, we might starve to death before that happens.
Arsene Wenger is expected to bring some significant new players in to the Arsenal side during the transfer window this month. There are some key positions that need improving and covering in case of injury, and Ivan Gazidis has indicated that the Arsenal board will back Wenger to spend some decent money, although the amount is debatable.
There are worrying reports emanating from Germany that suggest Arsenal are close to missing out on the transfer of the talented young midfielder Lewis Holtby. The dynamic 22-year old played against the Gunners this season in the champions league for the German club Schalke, and was very impressive.
Arsenal are believed to be the favourites to be the next club of Lewis Holtby. The midfielder, who plays for the German Bundesliga side Schalke, has decided not to sign a new contract and could leave on a free transfer in the summer. Liverpool are also very keen on the 22-year old, but his English father is an Everton fan, and Holtby has said that he would be reluctant to join their rivals.
There is no chance of Arsenal meeting the German side Schalke in the next round of the Champions league, the draw for which is made tomorrow, as they were in the same group stage. The team from Gelsenkirchen could still have an effect on the rest of the season for the Gunners, however.
Lewis Holtby is a German international with an English father who is one of Arsene Wenger’s top transfer targets for Arsenal. The 22-year old midfielder is out of contract with his German club Schalke at the end of the season, and so will be in a position to negotiate with other clubs about his free transfer in the summer. The other option will be for Schalke to sell him in January in order to recoup something for one of their star players.