All eyes are on Arsene Wenger at the Emirates this season.
After a campaign that was punctuated with calls for his head, the Frenchman put pen to paper on a new two-year deal with Arsenal. Most fans have come to accept the reality of the situation but remain skeptical nonetheless.
A shot at the title is, of course, the most desired course for the 2017-18 term yet regaining a place in the Champions League will take number one priority.
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Wenger has taken to the transfer window in an effort to ensure both his European place and rapport with the fans has recovered come May.
Alexandre Lacazette was brought in for a club record £46.5 million, setting up a deadly triumvirate with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.
Then on a free transfer, Sead Kolasinac was procured with the Bosnian already experiencing success. Teammates are citing his incredible strength on the wing and he found the net against Chelsea in the Community Shield.
Arsenal aren’t finished there, though, with Wenger delighting that the club are still “open to an exceptional player.”
That player could come in the form of Julian Draxler.
The German’s future at Paris Saint-Germain has been cast into doubt after the arrival of Neymar for £196 million. Furthermore, according to L’Equipe, the Parisians are considering bids for the ex-Wolfsburg man.
It may come as a shock when you consider Draxler only moved to the French side in January. Draxler-Arsenal links aren’t anything new, either, with reports surfacing almost every window.
Sadly for gooners too, the 23-year-old’s agent – Roger Wittmann – has thrown water on the rumours.
"We are not interested in whether L'Equipe wrote something," he told Sport1 in Germany.
"If somebody writes 'I have this information from [PSG chairman and CEO] Nasser Al-Khelaifi,' then I will consider it and call the president to speak about Julian's situation.
"Once again, though, this is not the case. So, everything has been said."
It doesn’t exactly bode well for Arsenal, let’s be honest here. PSG’s asking price was believed to be £32 million but with doubts over the club’s willingness to sell, Draxler may struggle to leave even if he wants to.
Usurping Neymar will be an impossible task and Angel di Maria’s position on the opposite flank isn’t exactly easy to assail.
However, in a summer that has seen approaches for Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar rebuffed, Arsenal will have to deal with that uneasy sense of déjà vu.
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