Reports: Arsenal tracking January Draxler


All the UK papers are reporting that Arsenal are looking to do a deal for Julian Draxler this January.

The Mirror says ‘enquiries have been made to Schalke about trying to land the Gunners No.1 target this month’, while the Telegraph says Arsenal are ‘on alert’ over a possible deal.

The young playmaker has long been on Arsene Wenger’s radar and was widely tipped to be the club’s number 1 target at the end of last season. Instead he signed a new deal with Schalke.

He has a release clause which kicks in at the end of this season but with Theo Walcott out and Arsenal in need of squad additions to continue their title tilt, it’s no surprise they’re exploring the possibility of bringing him in sooner.

It’s a situation made more complicated by the fact Draxler is currently out of action with a thigh injury, so it remains to be seen if that will have any impact on proceedings.

It would be something of a risk for Arsene Wenger, bringing in a young attacking midfielder when he already has plenty of them at his disposal, but we know the manager is fond of doing things people least expect.

He’s like the Spanish Inquisition of transfers.



  1. The weird thing is that most papers are now reporting that we’re going to try and turn him into a striker. It all seems a little implausible to me. If that’s the case then I might be inclined to say that actually signing a striker would be better. Kid’s talented no doubt – arguably the best U21 player in the world – but is trying to turn him into something he’s not really the answer?
    Look, if we sign him I’ll be happy because he’s a gun. But at the moment, I’m not buying the story.

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    • Yeah it’s a bit of strange one. But if there’s one thing I don’t doubt, it’s Wenger’s ability to turn talented wingers into world class center forwards,. If Arsene Wenger thinks this kid will be a center forward then I won’t question it.

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      • He has all the right attributes to be Wenger’d into a brilliant striker. Just not what we really want in the push for the title this season. If there’s a realistic chance of getting him we should do everythiing possible

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        • I think we are forgetting that Schalke are still in the Champions League. So that would mean that Draxler would be cup-tied. Is it a risk Schalke and Draxler himself are willing to take in January?

          I doubt it. I think this will be finalised in the summer, but the deal agreed in January. Though I won’t complain if we wrap it all up this month!

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      • I watch Draxler every week and he isn’t and I’m pretty sure will never be a center forward.
        He certainly did score some awesome goals in the last years, but they were mostly from outside the box. In fact he is a little bit wasteful with his chances.

        I know that wingers often can player center forward, too, but Draxler actually prefers being the playmaker and he certainly would play on such position, if Schalke wasn’t short on LWs.
        And there is a long way from a playmaker to a striker.

        And btw: He would cost at least 33mio pounds. I’m not sure, if we’re willing to pay this much.

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        • I agree, he’s a playmaker – which is probably why Wenger likes him. You can never have enough attacking central midfielders as far as Wenger is concerned. They’re what he loves buying and then plays somewhere else, usually on the wing, sometimes with great success, sometimes with a little bit less. He also loves Germans right now so I’m sure he’s been looking at Draxler.

          That said, I’m not convinced he’s serious about buying him in this window. The story seems to originate with the Mirror, who are top cheerleaders as far as Arsenal signings are concerned – remember all the players they claimed we’d made an offer for in the summer who never materialised and who Wenger later denied having had any interest in at all.

          Besides, a central midfielder when we’ve already got half a dozen, who’s possibly injured till March and who is cup-tied for Europe doesn’t sound like our most pressing need at this time. The only reason for getting the deal done now would be to ensure that nobody snatches him from under our noses.

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  2. Very, very exciting prospect. A great addition for the short and long term.
    While most are crying out for a Centre Forward for the short term. I think a signing of this quality is just as good for the rest of the season.
    It will add another dimension to our already brilliant midfield, who knows it could be the catalyst and that extra spark that wins us the title.

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    • With Walcott, Arsenal play a wide man to the right and a midfielder on the left. With Draxler they could play him as a wide man to the left and play a midfielder on the right, switching Arsenals lopsided attack from right to left.

      for example

      Draxler Cazorla Ozil
      Arteta Ramsey
      Gibbs, Kos, Mert, Sagna

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      • That’s not how it works. Draxler is right-footed so he’d be playing Cazorla’s role if he did start.





        (you could also have Wilshere in place of Ozil).

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    • because: NOBODY EXPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION! Our chief weapon is surprise, fear and surprise; two chief weapons, fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency! Er, among our chief weapons are: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, and near fanatical devotion to the Pope! Um, I’ll come in again…

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      • “Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope, and nice red uniforms—oh damn!” o.0

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        • Funnily enough I was chatting to Dinsdale Piranha on the Telegraph the other day’smashing bloke,buys his mother flowers and things.

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  3. Playing him as a striker would be surprising. I don’t think that he is capable of it this season, maybe on a long term development. But don’t know. I am not Arsene and I think he knows what he does.

    About the transfer now or in summer: I would try to get him now. He has a release-clause in summer. He can go for 45 million euros. This is way to much for him in my eyes. He is still young and has to be more constant. Can’t see any team paying so much money for him.
    Let’s get him and see what Arsene does.

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  4. He is absolutally amazing, I can’t wait for him to be a gunner! Hopefully in the January Transfer window so he can awe us early with his outstanding amount of class!

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  5. The idea that Wenger would turn him into a striker is pure speculation. “Arsenal’s new RVP” is all about the papers wanting readers. We’ll see if that’s the case, but personally I believe that Wenger wouldn’t buy a player that’s not a striker already for 40mil+, to turn him into a striker, when he has produced players like Henry, Pursestrings, Viera, Koscielny, (the list goes on) from being almost unknown to being world class.

    I hope we get him though! That would hopefully make it easier for him to kick on at the start of next season.

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  6. This would be a ridiculous purchase of the highest order! We have sooooooooo many attacking mids. It boggles the mind if this is true. I don’t get it. We have the perfect mix and depth in midfield. Why haven’t we strived for the same up front? Come on weng we want an embarrassment of riches all over the pitch. I know it’s not FM but if I was manager I’d be getting in a striker who is fast and can play in walcott’s position who is the yang to G-Rude’s handsome yin, plus a CB who can play side. Total football just like Unca Weng likes it.

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  7. If we get this lad I don’t think it will stop us from getting a striker.

    I think Wenger really wants this kid and he has probably had our German lads sound him out and got positive vibes back about him coming now. After all there is potentially a Premier League winners medal on offer for him.

    I have always thought the most we will do in regards to a striker in this window is a loan option which will be on the cards still regardless of this happening.

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  8. Having looked at this kid i think he is thoroughly in the mold of a young RVP. I know he plays in attacking midfield position for Schalke but he definitely has a similar skill set to RVP and given how long he has been linked to us i would say Arsene fancied he coming and learning from RVP and being groomed as heir apparent.

    Either way you could say if we were looking for a forward who could play with or without Giroud this could be a solution but for next season after the has bedded in during the second half of this. We may still need short striking cover though although i doubt Wenger would do that with bendtner, poldi and sanogo and coming back. (and JYP)

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  9. If Wenger thinks he cam be a future striker for us i have no doubt he cant. Wenger has done it before by forming King Henry from winger to striker. The dutch skunk aswell used to play on the flanks at Feyenord before he came to us. Lauren was a right midfielder at Mallorca.

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    • Speaking of oil-funded cunts, just as I was just a little bit kind of a wee bit sort of feeling sorry for Samir Nasri and his busted knee, he has to remind us of his utter cuntiness again…

      “I’m so glad I’m at a better team now.”

      Next time I hope that Manga-Ybiwa dude kicks you between the thighs! Petite pute!

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  10. Wenger knows best. I believe he’ll do good as a CF given his OPTA stats,,if not he’ll still be great as a wide man or playmaker. Le boss has done it before,remember a dude called Henry?………from Juventus?……he arrived as a winger.

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  11. I have a feeling that Wenger may try for Draxler and Podolski will be involved in the deal. He’s one of the highest paid players on the bench and he gets benched despite Theo’s injury he’s not come on yet. If he wants a place on the plane to Germany then maybe Podolski will move. I just have a hunch just look at the signs.

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    • Played as a left winger at Monaco but Wenger saw enough to suggest he might one day become a striker.

      Moved to Juventus and played as a left winger but wasn’t really given a chance and couldn’t find any consistency.

      Moved to Arsenal where Wenger continued his training and turned him into a striker and we all know how that ended.

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  12. I’m skeptical that someone like draxler would want to make a mid-season move in a World Cup year. This is premature but if the deal indeed materialise I got a feeling that could spell the end of podolski’s tenure with us. I think I would be happy (at draxler’s arrival) and sad (to see the departure of our most likable character) at the same time.

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    • Also, can we sing two different songs to the tune of Hey Jude? What will that mean for Giroud? Trying times,… trying times,…

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  13. The beauty of a signing like this is that it will intimidate other teams. He’s a wildcard they will have to deal with. This will help replace some of the fear factor that we lost when Theo’s cruciate pinged…

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  14. Have a feeling that podolski is being pushed out,draxler plays in the exact same role as podolski,looking at podolskis game time after return from injury, wont be surprised if he is off next season

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  15. I seem to remember a couple of Players called Henry and RVP that Wenger turned from wingers to Strikers. If he can do the same to Draxler we could be laughing all the way to a full trophy cabinet!!!

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  16. Haven’t seen much of him yet, so I’ll delay my judgment until I’ve watched a ‘Draxler – Welcome to Arsenal’ video, and I get a scout report on FM.

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  17. Never mind he’s not currently a striker or that he will cost a lot. Guy will be a perfect modern forward. Not saying he will develop just as well but compare his stats at the same age to C. Ronaldo and Goetze. He edges both of them. Would be a coup.

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  18. Anyone else had a weird nagging sense that Jermaine Defoe might have been a rather sensible option on a 6 month deal? Perhaps on loan from Toronto might have taken the sting out if a deal with Sp*rs? Experienced, pretty good, international with desire to play… Dunno… Just me then eh?

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    • Just as I was sipping my 3 o’clock tea I read this comment and managed to spray my Dell computer monitor all over with a combination of hot water, PG Tips, and my nicotine-laden saliva.

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  19. Love the ‘Spanish Inquisition’ analogy.
    Here’s another rule of thumb regarding Wenger’s transfers: If you read about it a lot- it probably won’t happen.

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  20. I could be wrong, but Wenger never publicly states he wants to transform a winger into a centre forward BEFORE signing them. All winger-centre forward conversions have been done after signing the player and judging his capabilities, no?

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    • Oh dear lord…. You mean he reminds you of Barkley because of age right? Because if it’s technically ability then you need to go away, have a talk with yourself and come back.

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  21. Would love it if Holtby moving to Schalke triggered this for us, meaning that Sp*rs would have facilitated two world class arrivals at the Emirates’ in one season

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  22. Draxler has pace ,skill, vision, high work ethic,is unselfish and can score goals with both feet.
    What the fuck do we need him for???


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  23. Rumours are he may be used a centre forward.Courtesy of his 6’2 frame and direct attacking traits.Whatever! Hope this ain’t like the suarez debacle.

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  24. He is a left winger right? May be Wenger does see Poldi to be our immediate backup to Giroud. This transfer makes a lot of sense to me. Will leave us with a lot of options I think.

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  25. Firstly, I don’t read anything into the press coverage of this rumour. Remember we were supposedly interested in Bernard the Brazilian wing, and that was all over the press? Well, that also started as a Twitter rumour and nothing came of it (this rumour started when someone tweeted that Draxler had a look at our training facilities).

    The rumoured release clause means Schalke will only sell in the winter if they can get more than the amount in the clause, because if they can’t they’ll just wait for the clause to come into effect. And there are plenty of teams willing to pay that amount: Chel$ki, Man $hitty, Manure (they’re desperate buggers), P$G, Monaco, Real Madrid, Barca (similar to the Neymar deal).

    On the other hand, such a deal wouldn’t really surprise me. Many of us didn’t think we needed another attacking midfielder before Wenger went out and splashed on Ozil, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that this could happen. Unfortunately it would probably mean the end of Poldi, our German Jester, one of my favourite players.

    I’ve read a few articles about him, and some of them say he has the potential to play at CF. Wenger would really know better than all these armchair pundits if that’s true. I don’t think we’d get Draxler if Wenger only considered him as a AM and didn’t think he could play at CF.

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  26. Having read all the comments about pod being used as a bargaining chip in any Draxler deal I can’t help but wonder if Wenger will sign draxler and simply use Pod and Giroud as our two strikers? Why get rid of one of our most likable players who clearly loves playing for the club more than anyone else? I can see Draxler coming to arsenal, AND podolski staying put

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  27. I had posted this comment yesterday, but I was a little late – it’s a more general observation, but I’m interested in views, so here goes again:

    What I think is remarkable about this team is that short of strikers or not, we have so many guys that can be regarded as legitamate game winners:


    And that’s excluding the ox, gnabry, who I wouldn’t classify as being quite there, and arteta in case you want to count him. Bendtner has won us a game as well.

    In contrast, Chelsea have:

    Torres (bit of a stretch)
    Eto’o – not sure what he’s done this year
    Ba – hardly done anything

    Am I missing something? Do I just like our players more than theirs? Whatever it is, I’m just saying, I really like this team.

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  28. Nobody expects the Spanish attacking midfielder conundrum inquisition. Nobody. Except Arsene. Or maybe Monty Python…

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  29. Draxler would be a perfect signing. He’s tall, fast and skillful and isn’t scared to run past defenders. Giroud is fantastic but you’re never gona see making crazy runs and skinning a centre back or two, realistically that’s not his game is about. We need some of that pizzazz up top though. Forget your Reus’s and Götze’s, Draxler is 20 years old and destined for big big things, why not let him achieve those with us. Also with us having Ozil, Gnarby, Merte, Podolski (not for long I fear, could be used in deal for Draxler I’m sure), Eisfield etc. then I think that’ll make him feel right at home instantly. Sign him up, let Wenger work is magic.

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  30. Loic Remy is a no brainer for me! He’s fast, a decent finisher, decent in the air, in good form at the moment, not champs league cup tied, relatively cheap around £15m and would almost certainly piss pardew off if we took him from his loan at Newcastle!

    Oh and he is an arsenal fan and his favourite player is Thierry henry.

    Am i being too idealistic?

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        • Benteke has class. A rubbish player does not score 24 goals in a season for a mid table team. He is going through a rough patch as everyone does. His ability cannot be doubted though. His heading ability as well as his finishing is second to none. If I remember correctly, just after Theo Walcott was given a new contract, he suffered a dip in form around about the same time. People jumped on this band wagon saying that now he has got his 100K a week, he is no longer trying. Same with Benteke. People are saying he has lost his will. Ridiculous. A class striker only needs one goal to get back his form. A player of Benteke’s ability would have no problem scoring beyond 30 goals in a season if you factor in the chances created by Ozil, Ramsey, Wilshere, Cazorla and Giroud. Please be objective.

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    • I didn’t mean Remy instead of draxler, just to clear things up. I meant as well as.
      There is a guy at Celtic, a defender, can’t remember his name, who is attracting a lot of attention at the minute too

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  31. Draxler, would love to see him. Also, someone to give a real boost to the rest of the squad and the youngsters – Thierry Henry. Please bring him back Arsene!

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  32. On the surface it makes sense for him to want to come and play as a striker. It would add another facet to his game and potentially distinguish him from the huge list of talent vying for the German AM positions – Ozil, Muller, Podolski, Kroos, Schurrle, Gotze, Reus, Sam and even Serge (Holtby at a push). If he did take to the striker role, his path to the national team #9 shirt might just be Max Kruze and an ageing Mario Gomes.

    Plus we pray at the alter of Per.

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  33. This would be another epic transfer. Spuds are offering holtby to release draxler to arsenal. Hahaha spuds are always a joke

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