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Old 15-01-2014, 10:09 AM   #8881
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People in Germany are probably keen on this Draxler conversion to striker experiment as well.

They have loads of young talented midfielders at the moment but no real hot prospect young striker.
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I hope he come. We will be a force to reckon. He is 2 times the player of hazard
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Old 15-01-2014, 11:10 AM   #8883
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actually hor.. how many here actually watched draxler play b4 ? im not talking abt youtube clips but over a few games.. all i know abt.draxler is from media,youtube clips and football manager.. but is he really that good or media hyped up ?!
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Old 15-01-2014, 11:14 AM   #8884
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If u catch schalke games u will know he is a big talent. Raul who played with draxler once recommended real.madrid to sign him up. He needs better players Ard him to go up another level. After gotze he is the next big talent from germany
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Old 15-01-2014, 11:23 AM   #8885
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What Ah Seng was saying about his transfer policy is he is looking for exceptional talent, someone special.

Guess Draxler fits the bill (at least in the eyes of Ah Seng).

But will Kronke and Ivan support him in this project ?

It is a massive investment, costing about the same as Ozil.
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Old 15-01-2014, 11:27 AM   #8886
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Some quote/post from the net and facebook on Draxler to Arsenal :

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The story that Draxler was ready to go to Arsenal in the summer emanated in Germany. Now Schalke are saying they might have to sell.

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The first rule of Julian Draxler is that if Julian Draxler is available, you sign Julian Draxler.
Really so good ?
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Old 15-01-2014, 11:30 AM   #8887
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I hope he come. We will be a force to reckon. He is 2 times the player of hazard
Really that good meh
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Old 15-01-2014, 11:34 AM   #8888
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He has the potential to become a great. His dribbling finishing physical finness are impeccable. I'm probably more excited abt draxler coming than ozil. He is the type of players who can make things happen out of nothing and he is only 20. Has CL experience. 35 million is a steal. Show us your ambition wenger.

He visited our training ground right
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Old 15-01-2014, 11:54 AM   #8889
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Recent reports have suggested that English Premier League club Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Schalke and Germany’s talented attacker Julian Draxler. The 20-year-old German international has a reported 40m pound buy-out clause in his contract and with Theo Walcott’s recently-suffered long-term injury suggestions point to Draxler being Arsene Wenger’s target in bolstering their attack.

Draxler signed a long-term contract last season that was meant to keep him at the club until 2018, or at the very least allow the club to cash in on what many think is an inevitable departure. *Arsenal were reportedly already prepared to make a bid in the coming summer but with injuries to Walcott and lack of depth in the striker department, Draxler may just become the prime target for the remainder of the transfer window.

But just what is behind supposed Wenger’s interest in Draxler and what kind of player can Arsenal supporters expect?

Background

Few players rose to prominence as quickly as Draxler. *Still only 20, Draxler made his Bundesliga debut in January 2011, becoming the fourth-youngest debutant in league history at the ripe age of 17. *Prior to that Draxler was already proving his worth for Schalke’s U-19s for which he scored nine goals in 12 matches in the 2010/11 season. Simply put, he was too good for his age group and impressed enough in Schalke’s winter training camp to make the permanent jump to the first team.

It did not take long for Draxler to score get on the scoresheet and show just what a good nose for goal he has. *Ten days after his league debut he came on as a substitute in Schalke’s cup match against Nürnberg and scored the match winner with a minute to go. *Later that season he would shine as Schalke eliminated Bayern Munich in the Cup semi finals and in April he scored his first ever league goal against St. Pauli. The following month he scored what is still regarded as one of the great goals in German cup history in the final against Duisburg. Draxler finished with the Cup and a season to remember. A new star had arrived on the German football stage.

The following season Draxler became a permanent fixture on Schalke’s left wing and formed a fantastic partnership with Lewis Holtby in the middle. Draxler was crucial in Schalke’s third place finish and run to the quarterfinals of the Europa League. In 2012 he was also handed his first senior cap for the national team with Jogi Löw singing the praises of a player mature beyond his years. *Draxler missed out on the EURO squad but it was already evident that he would be a permanent fixture in the national team for years to come. *Later that year he scored his first international goal in a friendly against the United States.

The 2012/13 season was a curious one. Lewis Holtby departed to England, leaving a gap in the center for Schalke. With the club failing to land the playmaker of their choice Draxler was finally allowed to play in his preferred central attacking role. *There were doubts that his inexperience would hamper him in a more demanding and significant role but Draxler excelled beyond everyone’s beliefs. *He scored 13 goals in all competitions and became the youngest player in club history to make 100 competitive appearances.

This season Draxler has reverted back to a wide position with Kevin-Prince Boateng coming in and has been in and out of the squad with injuries but has still scored five goals, three of them crucial in Schalke’s advancement to the knockout stages of the Champions League. *Although shunted out to the left again, Draxler’s partnership with Boateng has been a major driving force in Schalke’s best performances and Draxler has again proven to be the team’s most important attacking player.

Style and Strengths

Like most of his peers, Draxler is difficult to categorize positionally. *He started out wide early in his career but prefers a central attacking position, namely playing off a lone forward as he did in the 2012/13 season, arguably his best yet. *His pace and strength in one-on-one situations makes him a capable and dangerous wide player but his skill set is best used in a freer position with several outlets around him. His two-footedness and creativity along with his strong shooting technique make him an ideal player for the attacking midfield position in just about any formation.

Draxler is an unusual attacking player though. Unlike most expected playmakers or attacking midfielders, Draxler is over six feet tall and does not suggest guile and technique with his frame. Nothing could be farther from the truth of course. *One of his biggest assets going back to his days in the academy has been his confidence and concentration on the pitch. *Few things seem to phase the youngster and he seems to excel the higher the pressure.

His close control and ability to move and accelerate with the ball are also some of Draxler’s key strengths. *His dribbling can be reminiscent of a young Kaka at times and, as mentioned before, he boasts one of the most powerful shots in the league despite a rather inconspicuous outward appearance and sometimes awkward stance on the ball. That element of surprise and sheer unpredictability of his plays is what makes him such a dangerous player. *Like Bayern’s Thomas Müller, Draxler can pop up out of nowhere with a touch or play that can unlock an entire defense.

And at Arsenal?

With a midfield featuring technically proficient players like Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta and Mesut Özil a player like Draxler should fit in seamlessly. *Very much in the mould of an “Arsenal type” Draxler is versatile and has shown he can adapt quickly to changing circumstances and positions. *This season Draxler has played on the left, in the middle and on the right and has even been used up top.

In Draxler, Wenger would have an all-rounder who could fill in for any of his attacking players and even be played up top if necessary. *Recent trends in German football have shown more coaches willing to play their attacking midfielders up top and the same could be the case for Draxler. *There are few players in his generation that have a better instinct for goal and Draxler’s inherent confidence make him an ideal candidate should the necessity arise.

Whether the move will facilitate remains to be seen. *Schalke will definitely not want to lose their crown jewel in a season that could see them miss out on Champions League football. *However, if the buy-out clause, a reasonable figure considering his talent, is to be believed and his performances in Europe this season are an indicator, Schalke will find it difficult to hang on to him. *Whatever the case, Arsenal would be wise to maintain their pursuit of the youngster and do whatever they can to try and make it a quartet of German internationals at the Emirates.

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Old 15-01-2014, 12:07 PM   #8890
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based on youtube videos, draxler looks like crap. Panicky player who shoots immediately and keep missing. Also, dribbling skills, pace average. Keep doing useless long shots, wasting chances. Poor at one two. Not creative.
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Lol. I didn't know u are a football scout. All those u mentioned are not true at all. Have u even watched him play before? Dumbass
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Old 15-01-2014, 12:45 PM   #8892
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That's my opinion of him la. Of course you can have your own opinions.

He keeps shooting. Selfish player but can say fearless, decisive though.

Ball rebound back, good players in arsenal can help him by scoring rebound.

Of course he's not the worst. At least can score sitters. Faster and taller than carzola.
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Old 15-01-2014, 12:48 PM   #8893
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2 block buster transfer in a single season? It's not going to happen in arsenal. Let's face it any big stars coming likely to arrive in summer. Hopefully not inflated by the World Cup.

Realistically I am hoping for some dependable players to come on but not affect the overall core team. Someone like monreal who came in jan.

Wenger likely to be looking at players who are not involved in World Cup now since he cannot guarantee then game time.
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Old 15-01-2014, 12:57 PM   #8894
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That's my opinion of him la. Of course you can have your own opinions.

He keeps shooting. Selfish player but can say fearless, decisive though.

Ball rebound back, good players in arsenal can help him by scoring rebound.

Of course he's not the worst. At least can score sitters. Faster and taller than carzola.
To clarify, you based this on youtube? It a compilation anyway.

Even so, we are known for not trying to shoot, so might be better if we get a player who is not shy on shooting.
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Old 15-01-2014, 01:56 PM   #8895
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What Ah Seng was saying about his transfer policy is he is looking for exceptional talent, someone special.

Guess Draxler fits the bill (at least in the eyes of Ah Seng).

But will Kronke and Ivan support him in this project ?

It is a massive investment, costing about the same as Ozil.
This is probably the only reason why he is not a done deal yet. Yes, 40mill for a potential youngster is risky, that's why i bet wenger is now trying to nego for a better deal, maybe in the range of 35mill. If not, maybe we would have signed him up already by now. Plus, a lot of people says he's got the makings to be deployed in striker and is already a good winger because he's got almost the whole package; height, pace, shooting accuracy etc.

And the board say they will support wenger in whoever he wishes to bring in as long as he is convinced that the person will be able to help strengthen the team and is exceptional talent. Particularly in this jan window, we all know the talent availability is so limited (like costa) therefore in my opinion it is actually worth getting him now even at a rather hefty price because it is all about this season now actually.

You just need that momentum to keep going, it's evident now the club and team morale are on the rise, based on fans and players' interviews and opinions all around the world.

Can't stress enough that at this point, the positive aura and morale from impactful and big signings even potential ones, is probably as equally important as the quality that is to arrive itself..
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