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How Arsenal's £35m target can be the next Van Persie

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It was reported today that Arsene Wenger is looking to land German star Julian Draxler and hopes of moulding him into the next Robin van Persie.

The 20-year-old Schalke star has a £35 million buy-out-clause in his contract, and Arsenal could land him if Arsene Wenger decides to invest.

The Arsenal boss is apparently thinking of moulding Draxler into the next Van Persie, and it could be plausible. The Frenchman has previously managed to convert two young wingers into world class strikers: Van Persie and Thierry Henry.

Wenger's previous success in turning midfielders into top attackers suggests he could do it again with Draxler, who can play anywhere in attacking midfield in a 4-2-3-1 formation. 

When Van Persie arrived at Arsenal, he had scored 15 times in 61 appearances for Dutch side Feyenoord. Draxler has netted 14 times in 89 appearances, including three goals in the UEFA Champions League.

This term, the German wonderkid has directly contributed to nine goals in 19 starts (four goals and five assists) from the left hand-side. He is statistically more suited to playing in a central role, but has had to accomodate the arrival of Kevin-Prince Boateng at Schalke.

The German has not shown any signs that he will be plagued by injury like Robin van Persie, at a similar age to the Dutchman when he joined Arsenal, Draxler is only an inch shorter but considerably stockier. This is due to the fact that his game hasn't been hampered by injuries at such a young age.

From central attacking midfielder at 19-years-old, Draxler already had a chance-conversion-rate like that of a centre forward (17%) scoring 0.42 goals per game, excluding penalties. He also has a better dribbling success rate than Franck Ribery, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, according to Statsbomb.

This shows clear potential, Draxler genuinely could function as a centre forward. It is thought that Wenger would like to deploy him in a 'Sergio Aguero' role alongside Olivier Giroud in a 4-4-2 formation. 

He looks as though he has the potential to be more prolific than the mercurial Robin van Persie, and is not prone to injury like the Dutchman. £35 million for the 20-year-old could end up being a great piece of business.

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