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Draxler needs to choose Arsenal over Premier League rivals

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There's something to be said about the potential ability of a 20-year-old attacking-midfielder when he's being fought over by the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint- Germain, particularly when it's with the tenacity surrounding the race for Schalke starlet Julian Draxler.

Each of the clubs want a young forward-thinking player for different reasons, and when you take a minute to look at the majority of lists that claim to have some bearing on the highest rated starlets in Europe, you generally find Mr. Draxler somewhere near the top.

Already a fully-fledged German international, Draxler has virtually assured his suitors that he will leave Schalke in the near future, and when he does it's a comfortable assumption to make that it won't be a sideways move, but one that pushes him further into the centre of the stratosphere that is elite football.

That puts the aforementioned quartet of United, Chelsea, PSG and Arsenal in a pretty confident position, as any one of them can elevate him to a point where his already burgeoning potential will garner an even further increased level of anticipation. 

For me though it's the latter of those four outfits who should be favourites of securing one of the most sought after signatures in Europe. Arsene Wenger has the tools to mould Draxler into a superstar, and the perfect environment in which to do it.

The Frenchman's reputation for polishing raw talent into shimmering jewels is equalled only by his reluctance to spend big, and whilst his latter trait has been somewhat altered since the bank-breaking deal for Mesut Ozil, his abilities with nurturing youth remain as distinguished as ever.

Not only that but there is genuine scope for a player like Draxler in Arsenal's current set-up. Competent on the wing, in a more central attacking-midfield role and equally effective up front, he would be virtually assured the game-time needed at this stage of his career, and in a way that could benefit all areas of his game.

Not only that but the emphasis on youth that Wenger's side currently have means the pressure on young players coming in is ever so slightly alleviated. Draxler could be at home with the likes of Per Mertesacker, Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski, while all the while developing his skills to become adapted to the English game, with fellow starlets Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain aiding along the way.

And those are benefits that he would likely not be afforded if he were to look elsewhere.

At PSG the concentration on ensuring that Draxler is sharpened to be the most lethal weapon he can be would almost certainly be substituted for the club's desire to win trophies as quick as they can.

Competing with the likes of Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura and Jeremy Menez means that his game-time would be limited, and even then Ligue 1 isn't a place that's going to hone his abilities to the point where he can be world-class.

Chelsea are also said to be deeply interested in taking him on, but to say they are already having problems with a surplus of creative attackers is an understatement, and Draxler could oh so easily become yet another starlet who failed to make the grade at Stamford Bridge and so was either left to rot in the reserves or shipped back to another division on the continent to rebuild his career.

United could be option, but their uncertain future will most likely be ringing alarm bells in the ears of any player who is looking for long-term stability. Moyes has yet to become famous for his development of youthful talent and in the wrong hands Draxler could quite easily be blunted before he is given the chance to excel.

For me Arsenal stands out like a beacon in this particular race. The personnel at the club, the ethos with which they aim to build player's careers and the style of play stacks highly against the relative disadvantage of maybe not picking up as bigger pay packet as at the other choices.

With their current crop of players the Gunners look to be building something of a youthful revolution, and Draxler need only give the nod to become one of it's primary generals.

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