According to the former Wolfsburg head coach Klaus Argenthaler, the German international needs to leave the Bundesliga if his head has been turned by Arsenal’s interest.
He said he wants to go. Maybe to England, where there is much more money.
“He is a young player. I don’t know why he says he wants to go.
It’s no great mental stretch to think he wants to leave because he has more chance of honours away from Wolfsburg. And with Die Wölfe immersed in the relegation fight, it’s little surprise Draxler wants out.
“I saw Draxler three to four years ago. He was a big talent with much skill. Now at Wolfsburg, maybe it’s not his team.”
Argenthaler is correct; Draxler has a talent which should be lighting up the Champions League on a regular basis.
Including him in the Arsenal starting line-up would give us one of the quickest forward lines in European football were he played alongside Alexis and Theo Walcott. However, there is a trade-off; if Draxler joins, where does Alex Iwobi fit it?
The young Nigerian international is learning all of the time and would have to be content with fighting for his place but he is an immense talent, only needing consistency to become a truly great player.
Draxler at 23 is little older but opportunity comes with the German being as strong on his left foot as he is with his right; It’s only Iwobi under threat.
Arsenal won’t have a clear run at the player. It’s understood Juventus bid €59m for Draxler but Wolfsburg sent them packing with a flea in their ear.
The Italians, flush with cash after the sale of Paul Pogba, weren’t shy of spending with Gonzalo Higuain arriving for €75m but still had money burning a hole in their pocket. At the time, Draxler was viewed as unsellable by Wolfsburg.
But not now.