It seems Arsenal have still not ended their pursuit of German attacker Julian Draxler. The Schalke forward was on the Gunners’ radar throughout last season with reports having it that the North Londoners failed with a January bid for him. With them not making another attempt for him in the summer, it was thought that Wenger has finally ended his interest in him. So many reports had it that the high rated German may be off to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015 with some even claiming a deal has been done in advance but recent revelation suggests the contrary and if you believe recent reports, the player may well still be a player for Arsenal as early as January.
According to reports, Arsenal had scouts watching him in action for the Bundesliga outfit in the Champions League. Seems Wenger is ready to sanction a bid that would see them test Schalke’s resolve to keep him with a bid in January but is another attacking midfielder what Arsenal need? Even if it is, is Draxler the perfect fit?
Firstly, Arsenal’s urgent need is not for attacking midfielder. What they need is a defensive midfield enforcer. The Gunners’ midfield is just too brittle and if they must stand toe to toe against fellow title rivals, they must add real steel to it. A move for Sporting Cavarlho must be reignited.
Should Wenger feel the need for another attacking midfielder, Dortmund’s Marco Reus not Schalke’s Draxler is the perfect fit. Reus is more experienced and versatile as he can play right wing, left wing, central attacking midfield, second striker and even as a striker unlike Draxler who can only play central attacking midfield or the wings but have often clamoured for the former which is his natural role. With his release clause reportedly cheaper, it is only wise for Wenger to move for him ahead of his yopunger compatriot.
Do we have a chance of signing Marco Reus
With Reus’ refusal to so far sign a new contract with Dortmund and his current deal having 2 more years to run, I think we have a good chance. Although should he be available, one will think there will be many clubs who will be interested in his services. Fortunately for Arsenal, not many clubs will be needing his services. United already have Mata, Herrera, Fellaini, Di Maria and do not need Reus, Chelsea’s midfield is already crowded and in attack ( where Reus is more comfortable as a second striker ), they do not need a marquee player. Neither do Manchester City need him. Although in the unlikely event that Yaya Toure leaves, they may have a need for Reus – Yaya Toure very unlikely to leave any time soon though.
Real Madrid may however have need for his services as he could be seen as a replacement for Ronaldo on the left side. However, with their recent big loss and the fact that Ronaldo is likely to stay for 1 more year means they do not have immediate need for him which gives Arsenal a massive advantage. Another club that may be interested in his services is Bayern Munich but the player’s loyalty ( I know Fabregas joined Chelsea but some players still have some loyalty in them ) means he will very unlikely consider a move to Dortmund’s arch rivals. Reus himself has ruled them out in the past.
At Arsenal, he is good enough to play in attack ( as a second striker if we alter our formation which may be Wenger’s thinking when he reportedly met and discussed with the player prior to the world cup. And should Wenger decide to play him on the wing, he is likely to take the place of Cazorla in the team who is also likely to leave next summer considering Wenger’s anti 30+ policy. Podolski and Rosicky may also leave which further increases Arsenal’s need for Reus.