Arsenal must rue missed Julian Draxler transfer

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Julian Draxler’s mesmerising display in Wolfsburg’s 3-2 Champions League victory over Manchester United will no doubt irk Arsenal fans.

The German, who signed on at the Volkswagen Arena from Schalke in the summer, was rumoured to be tickling the fancy of Arsene Wenger during the winter transfer window of 2014.

Arsenal instead opted to bide their time and ultimately snared Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona last summer, but the way the youngster bedazzled against Louis van Gaal’s side suggests a bright future lays ahead for the 21-year-old.


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Despite his obvious talents, many eyebrows were raised when Wolfsburg opted to numb the pain inflicted by Kevin De Bruyne’s departure to Manchester City by splashing £20million on Draxler.

Yet his performance against United served to highlight everything Van Gaal's side are currently lacking, including pace, flair and trickery down the wings.

It also emphasised the plight of Memphis Depay, who delivered another drab performance in the latest indication yet that he may not find his best form under his fellow Dutchman's tutelage.

Draxler’s highlight of the game came when he carved United open for his side’s second goal, and his memorable performance will no doubt linger in the minds of those who failed to successfully bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

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Arsenal may have Sanchez in their ranks but, with Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain regularly struggling for consistency, Draxler on the opposite flank would be the perfect recipe for domestic success.

May will mark 12 years without the Premier League title in their possession, and if they fail to pip United and Manchester City to the crown then the cries for yet another flair player would no doubt grow in volume.

The thought of an attacking trident consisting of the German youngster, Sanchez and in-form Mesut Ozil would strike fear into the league’s most resilient defences, particularly if an upgrade on Olivier Giroud or Danny Welbeck could be brought in as well.

Euro 2016 may offer the 21-year-old the perfect stage for him to showcase his talents, and if he does then a big money move could well beckon.

Possible transfer?

Arsenal may have missed their chance to sign Draxler but the club would no doubt swoop for him again if he continues to shine in the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

Bayern Munich usually swoop for the best talents Germany has to offer, yet whether or not he would want to pursue a new challenge abroad could be the factor that sees him one day ply his trade in the Premier League.

Arsenal fans: Would Draxler be a good signing for you? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!

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