Julian Draxler's latest quotes reveal a lot about the perception of Arsenal across the continent, particularly Germany, as they once again become a fashionable destination for top young talent.
Draxler has much to prove in the world of football, but has already established himself as one of Europe's hottest properties and the 'next big thing' to come out of Germany's lauded youth systems.
His comments on Arsenal, which border on overt flirting with the club, more than suggest that he would like a move to London in the near future.
“I have always said English teams are very big clubs and Arsenal is of course one of them. Of course I sometimes speak to Mesut (Ozil) or Per (Mertesacker) about the team, about the club, and they always have good words and they tell me nice things," Draxler said.
"You never know what happens in the summer but Arsenal is a very, very nice team. They always have very young players, they play attractive football and that's what I like."
Few would deny that Arsenal do indeed play attractive football, and give chances to young players, but prior to this season it would have been rare to hear such praise lavished on the club by a sought-after wonderkid of Draxler's calibre.
A lot will be written between now and next summer about the Draxler to Arsenal transfer, which may or may not materialise, but a more significant insight can be gleamed from the affair.
Football often goes through crazes, where certain clubs are seen as ultra-desirable destinations by the best players of the time - it could be that Arsenal's time in this respect is imminent.
Barcelona have been the 'it-club' of the recent past, but two years without a Champions League trophy (oh the horror) and the departure of Pep Guardiola have coincided with Bayern Munich's emergence as a European juggernaut and the club en vogue.
There are clubs whose history means that they are permanently in this bracket, namely Manchester United, Real Madrid and (arguably?) Liverpool, while the new money of Manchester City, Chelsea and PSG remains a draw for obvious reasons.
For the football hipsters, there are "plucky underdogs" Borussia Dortmund, who with their entertaining style of play, funky manager and yellow kit have become a fashionable destination for players who want to be involved in a unique project.
Arsenal have recently found themselves dining at the second tier of elite football, a result of a long trophy drought, a costly stadium move and a frustrating exodus of top talent. They do still have a lot going for them though; based in a trendy city (sorry Manchester), they also boast a state of the art stadium and training facilities, a legendary manager and a rich and successful history.
Those factors wouldn't be enough on their own, however. Success on the pitch this season so far sees them topping the Premier League table and their Champions League group, and playing some scintillating football.
The Ozil effect also cannot be underestimated. The record-shattering signing of the German megastar has put the Gunners under a spotlight, and they haven't disappointed. Europe's top players would have been intrigued by Ozil's move, thinking "Arsenal? Really?" and more attention would have been paid to Arsenal's results in light of the move.
Since the signing, as mentioned, Arsenal have been playing brilliantly, even pulling off a remarkable win against Borussia Dortmund away in the process. All of this put together has made Arsenal an extremely attractive destination for young German players such as Draxler, who see a team with a strong German contingent, in a vibrant city with a chance of trophies.
If the on-pitch success continues and the Gunners seal the title this year, their appeal to elite footballers will increase exponentially and Arsenal fans will have a lot to look forward to.
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