Arsenal legend wants €45.5m January signing

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Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas believes German playmaker Julian Draxler would be the 'perfect' signing for his club in the January transfer window.

The former double-winner made the claim whilst working on Sky Sports' Soccer Saturday, where another former Gunners star, Paul Merson, agreed with his colleague.

Nicholas compared the Schalke star to past greats in north London, and believes the 20-year-old would be an ideal addition now winger Theo Walcott is out for the rest of the season.

"Draxler is different, he's a different type of player, a bit like Ljungberg or Pires - although maybe not as talented as Pires. His running off the ball is what Arsenal are desperate for, because Theo Walcott is out for the long-term," he said on the show.

"He's absolutely perfect, and I think the money is right. With buy-out clauses, by the time you draw breathe, somebody else has nipped in and taken them from your door. Arsenal have the money and they don't need to wait anymore."

Arsene Wenger splashed the cash to bring Mesut Ozil to the Emirates Stadium in the summer, and he'd have to do the same again to bring Draxler to Arsenal from the Bundesliga.

The midfielder has a €45.5million minimum fee release clause in his contract, and would join compatriots Serge Gnabry, Per Mertesacker and Ozil if he were to sign for the Gunners.

Ex-Liverpool defender Phil Thompson concurred with his colleagues on the show, believing that if a deal couldn't be done in January, it would be worth ensuring he moves to north London in the summer.

"He's one of the best talents in Europe at the moment, another midfield player but more of an attacking one. If Arsenal have the opportunity to nail this one down, yes it would be great him coming to bolster them to win the title, but if you can't he's one to do now for the summer because everyone will be chasing him," he added.

If Arsenal can lure Draxler to the club this month, he'll be joining a side challenging for the domestic title in England, as well as European glory in the Champions League. He would be cup-tied for that competition, however.

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