Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has run out of patience with the club’s record signing Mesut Ozil and will attempt to replace him in January with Schalke winger Julian Draxler, it has emerged.
This is according to the Express, who understand that Arsenal plan to submit an offer that will match Draxler’s £37 million release clause. The Germany international’s arrival at the Emirates Stadium would leave serious doubts over the future of his compatriot, Ozil, who has failed to showcase his true quality since joining the north London outfit from Real Madrid last summer.
Wenger has stepped up his pursuit of long-term target Draxler, 21, after Ozil was ruled out of action for up to 12 weeks with a knee injury. Arsenal were linked with the Schalke star last January and in the summer, and it now seems that Wenger is prepared to pay the Bundesliga club’s asking price.
Where this leaves Ozil is unclear. The 25-year-old has recently been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, whose manager Pep Guardiola is a fan, although it was revealed earlier this week that the Gunners turned down an offer from the 2013 Champions League winners for their expensive flop.
One of the widely accepted reasons why Ozil has struggled so badly with Arsenal is because he has spent most of his time at the Emirates Stadium playing from the left wing. The ex-La Liga ace has looked much more comfortable in his favoured No. 10 role, but Wenger has struggled to accommodate the club’s record signing in his natural position.
Draxler, however, is a natural left-sided winger who would inject real quality into this Arsenal side. The youngster produced an outstanding performance against Chelsea in the Champions League group stages last month - suggesting that he’ll have few problems playing against the Premier League’s top clubs - and is expected to flourish into one of Europe’s best players within the next few years.
New Van Persie?
Wenger even has hopes that Draxler can become the new Robin van Persie. The Arsenal boss was the coach responsible for transforming the current Manchester United striker from a winger to a prolific centre-forward, and the Frenchman believes Draxler possesses similar potential.
However, because of his immense potential, Draxler is a man in demand - and Arsenal could face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea should they make a formal bid for the Bundesliga whizz-kid in the New Year.