There has been a lot of speculation recently over German star Julian Draxler. We’ve all seen the YouTube videos of him, and he is undoubtedly talented, but there’s no way he’s coming to Arsenal. In fact, I stated this on Twitter yesterday:
If Draxler signs for Arsenal in January, I will get a tattoo of his face on my arse.
— Mike (@afc4life_uk) January 30, 2014
I’d love for him to come, but nothing about this transfer makes sense.
First of all, the “inside expert” who came up with this story (I won’t mention his name) also said we were “guaranteed” to sign Gonzalo Higuain in the summer.
And I don’t need to tell you how that turned out.
Also, he’s apparently injured, and that’s not exactly going to help us when Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky and a few others are unavailable.
Another problem is with the price. Just because we spent £42.3 million on Mesut Özil, suddenly every journalist is linking us with big money buys to sell newspapers.
Be clear on this, a signing like Mesut Özil is a rarity – Arsene still likes to sniff out a bargain and get value for money. The club and managers whole ethos and vision hasn’t changed over night.
£37 million is a hell of a lot of money for a 20 year old who has yet to fulfil their potential. Juan Mata for me was over-priced at £37 million and he’s an established and successful Premier League and Spanish International.