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Friday, 31 January 2014

Arsenal: Will the Gunners seal the deal for Draxler today?

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Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for a while now and last week there were reports that a fee had been agreed between the two clubs, but that the Bundesliga side would not let him leave until the summer.

Then, following Arsenal’s shock draw at Southampton, it was reported that the Gunners could go all out to bring the German international to the Emirates before the January transfer window closes. As we now approach the final few hours before the window slams shut, could Arsenal seal a deal for Draxler today?

There have been mixed signals from all parties over the past few days. First Arsenal say they are not looking to sign anyone, then they are. Then Schalke are thought to be interested in letting him go now, then they insist that he will remain with them. However, quite tellingly, the bookies stopped taking bets on Draxler becoming an Arsenal player yesterday afternoon – and they never get it wrong.

So will Arsenal have another German superstar in their hands before we welcome February?

DraxlerThere’s no doubt in my mind that Draxler will be an Arsenal player. It’s simply a case of not if, but when. Draxler has spoken fondly of the Gunners and manager Arsene Wenger and he doesn’t seem the type of player who puts money ahead of his career. German giants Bayern Munich usually snap up the best talent in the Motherland and they have been trying to turn Draxler’s head, but – from what I understand – the player is having none of it. He has his heart set on playing in north London and that’s great news for Wenger.

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Most Arsenal fans will be hoping that Wenger has some sort of deal in place already. He likes to play his cards close to his chest and keep the media guessing. However, if that’s not the case then there is always the risk of losing Draxler. He may love Arsenal Football Club, but does he really want to be messed about?

Hopefully all the indecision from both sides is just a smokescreen for a major announcement to break later on today. If not, then Arsenal’s title hopes could be all over.

Dropping two points at Southampton was a major blow. It saw the Gunners lose top spot to the all-conquering Manchester City and in the form they are in you just can’t see them slipping up too many times between now and May. However, we must all remember that even the great Manchester City failed to beat Southampton on the south coast so you shouldn’t be too despondent. And then there’s also the fact that City take on Chelsea this Monday. A draw or an away win would – provided Arsenal do the business against a resurgent Crystal Palace – see them back on top.

There has also been talk of Arsenal signing Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic on loan. He will be a great addition to the squad and take some of the pressure off Olivier Giroud’s shoulders, but Draxler is the one they want. But can they get it done?

Calling all Arsenal fans: How confident are you of getting Draxler today? Will the introduction of the young German be able to lead the Gunners to glory this season? Whatever your views, we’d love to hear from you.


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