Mertesacker would welcome Draxler to ‘German academy’

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With much speculation about the possibility of Julian Draxler signing for Arsenal this month, Per Mertesacker has told SPOX.com that the Schalke man would be welcome at Arsenal.

“We have already a small German Academy here,” he joked, “and that makes it incredibly fun.

“Julian has made a big impact at Schalke and the national team, even at such a young age, and such players are always welcome.”

The BFG said the link with Draxler was exciting but tempered that by referencing the time of the year and the transfer window being open.

“You always hear so much,” he said, “it’s often a case of players being offered to other clubs.”

At this juncture we’d be surprised if the move happened this month. He’s injured for another couple of weeks, it seems, and perhaps that would have an impact on the manager’s thinking when any January purchase needs to have an almost immediate impact because of the schedule.

But maybe the fact our interest has become so public will make an earlier move important lest we get gazumped by somebody else.

To conclude, who knows?

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