Arsene Wenger has spent most of the summer explaining why he hasn’t spent any money, ‘yet’. A lot of the focus has been placed on an unwillingness to panic buy. Just check out this choice quote from a recent interview:
“We will not panic buy, that is for sure. It is not my strength to panic.” (Source: The BBC)
What happened in the summer of 2011 then, eh, Arsene?
I hate to talk ill of a man who has done more to further football than just about any other practising footballing manager, but in the same interview he even suggests that Nicklas Bendtner will be given opportunities this season. He is driving Arsenal fans to the brink.
With all the guarding against panic buys, it’s a little worrying to see The Mirror describe the following transfer rumour as a ‘desperate last-ditch move’. They claim that Arsenal are working hard to agree a deal for German wonderkid Julian Draxler before the window slams shut.
Draxler has been a long-term transfer target for the Gunners, but it doesn’t look like this will be an east deal to close. It’s thought that Arsenal are willing to offer Schalke £40m, whilst the Bundesliga side are demanding £60m.
That’s an absolutely staggering amount of money. But at just 19-years-old, Draxler’s credentials are great. He’s the second youngest player to ever start a Bundesliga game (behind Nuri Sahin) and has already established himself as a key cog in the Schalke machine.
The young German talent is known for his expert ability to read the game, his technical mastery and dribbling ability. He’s the kind of player who loves to take players on, drive into dangerous positions and create havoc.
He’s also got a fierce shot and chipped in with 13 goals from the midfield last season. Let’s not forget that he’s only 19-years-old.
For this deal to make sense for Arsenal, they have to try and drive the price down some how. Imagine the pressure on the youngster’s shoulders if he knew the Gunners had spent that much on him.
This is a deal that I’d love to see go through, but if the Gunners can’t do it on their terms, they should turn away. Arsene Wenger wouldn’t want to be accused of panic-buying, after all.
What’s your take? Should Arsenal look to seal a deadline deal for Julian Draxler?
Please follow @ThePerfectPass for more football related action!
ThisisFutbol.com are seeking new writers to join the team! If you’re passionate about football, drop us a line at “email@example.com” to learn more.