Wolfsburg: Draxler is going nowhere

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Julian Draxler Arsenal

Arsenal’s search for forward improvements this summer is obvious, and Julian Draxler has long been mentioned as a potential candidate.

The German international has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for some time, but any hopes of signing him this summer appear to have been snuffed out after Klaus Allofs refused to countenance a sale.

In an interview with Sport 1, the Wolfsburg manager was asked specifically about the future of Draxler, and seemed definitive that the 22 year old was going nowhere.

Pressed on whether or not he’d be wearing a Wolfsburg shirt next season, Allofs said, “With Draxler it will be 100% like that. He will stay at VfL. There is no discussion.

It is not the time for any vow, but we will not sell Julian. Our plans are clear.”

Whether or not Arsenal have Draxler on their shopping list this summer is another thing, of course, but if we do it looks as if our sights are going to have to set elsewhere.

Arsenal also have reported interest in Wolfburg’s left back, Ricardo Rodriguez, who the club have already admitted could leave. However, there was no mention of him or his future in this piece.

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Victor
Victor

They are playing hard to get…

Victor
Victor

But then again, I know we are going to have a satisfactory summer. For one I doubt that we’ll shell out 55mill for anyone this summer. Especially someone we don’t need badly and Draxler is one such. Also the Higuain links fading with the sun “understanding” he has agreed terms with Juventus. Still convinced we’ll do well in the transfer window.

Crispy
Crispy

i’m still convinced you have your head in the clouds.

I do like your optimism, however.

Bould's Eyeliner
Bould's Eyeliner

“we don’t need badly”

I think we need someone like Draxler pretty badly. Sanchez is one winger, but we’ve been essentially holding auditions for the other winger for the past two seasons. If we can get some end product on a third forward in our games for a change, it may be the missing threat we’ve been hoping our midfield can cover.

Greg
Greg

As I heard on the radio the perfect wenger signing. Fast with no end product

Third Plebeian
Third Plebeian

Rumour has it we bid £30m + £1 and he asked if we were having Allofs.

Geezy
Geezy

What a surprise. None of Arsenal’s supposed “targets” seem to be going anywhere…except other clubs.

Fabulous
Fabulous

And the thing with Draxler is, that’s exactly what happened last season. He went to Wolfsburg for peanuts, why in fucking hell we didn’t try to sign him then I’ll never know. Actually I do but this is not the place to question the manager, even if we have been too passive in the last 3 summer windows.

Savage
Savage

Because he wasn’t playing well. Simple.

2015/16 was going to be a big season for Ox, who was as big a talent as Draxler. Unfortunately Draxler improved and Ox didn’t. Luck of the draw.

Fabulous
Fabulous

Yeah and Ox can fill up at CF when needed right? A position which Draxler has played in for both Germany and Schalke? And even for Wolfsburg occasionally. We’re clearly light in the CF department and people are still making up excuses for Wenger. Goodness.

Gomera
Gomera

He said he didn’t think he was ready for a move abroad apparently

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

And wasn’t Draxler coming off a serious knee injury at the time?

someone's something
someone's something

Good thing trying to buy a player is not the same as asking a girl to have sex. I’m guessing Wolfsburg will come around in lets say 3 weeks.

'Murica
'Murica

They say “pimpin’ aint easy” but it sure seems easier than the transfer market.

Greg
Greg

A 100 no’s and 1 yes still means yes

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Try telling that to a judge and see where it gets you.

Greg
Greg

Not a family guy fan then

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

Actually enjoy Family Guy very much, but completely missed your reference. Well played!

Javis
Javis

It feels more and more likely it will be a CF signing out of leftfield or none at all. It simply has to be something though, even a gamble. Surely we have to show some ambition? I don’t believe for one second there is no one out there worth taking a chance on as competition or back up to Giroud?

The Walcott experiment looks dead and Sanogo is not even close to being a premier league player. It’s OK to be realistic and know that right now an elite CF isn’t available, but there are certainly options..

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

Cometh the hour, Cometh the man.
Joel Campbell, our new striking saviour?

SAVE US WHILST YOU CAN, JOEL.

GunnAlex
GunnAlex

I dont know which kind of summer makes me more uncomfortable.

The pre RVP era, where our best and brightest were continually linked away. Or this, somebody coming? anybody? please? era

Victor
Victor

Pre-RVP era was depressing

Cape Town Gooner

Those were dark, dark days… Remember this awful quote? “Imagine the worst situation, that we lose Fábregas and Nasri; you cannot convince people that you are ambitious after that.”

I’d take this era of trying to upgrade a decent team, over rats scurrying off the ship, any day of the week!

2012
2012

That was the period I became a fan: figured any team that went through all that sh*t and could still play beautiful football deserves a follow.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

I don’t see how we can convince people we are ambitious if we don’t upgrade our attack after last season. Just makes us look stupid all of this, which we did already.

Bosscielny
Bosscielny

Nobody’s going anywhere. We aren’t signing anyone.

Modhabobo
Modhabobo

What will happen is Wenger will say he is happy with his squad, that they finished second, and that this year they will fight. We will lose our match to Liverpool, and probably drop points against those sides we should be beating. It will get to almost the closing of the transfer window, our season will probably be over by then, AND THEN Wenger will try and sign someone. He’ll end up over paying for someone who isn’t quite box office. Either that or it will be some sort of stop gap. I’m struggling to have any hope for this coming season. Everyone else is aggressively strengthening and what are we doing? Pissing in the wind it seems.

Mootilated
Mootilated

Isn’t this always the case though? Even now our hopes of signing one of the only available top Centre Forwards is diminishing as Juventus seem to be in the lead, if the rumours are to be believed.

Nacho de Montreal is tasty
Nacho de Montreal is tasty

No way, Juventus cannot pay the big money asked for Higuain. We have more cash than them.

Cape Town Gooner

It’s not only about how much cash you have. It’s also about willingness to spend it. At the end of the day some coaches will happily blow any amount of cash if they think it will improve their team, and don’t really give a damn about the knock on effects. They leave that to the chairman etc and will spend whatever budget they have.

Arsene, for better or worse, considers the whole picture as he sees it, and refuses to pay when he doesn’t see value.

PFo
PFo

They have the cash if they sell Pogba

CJ
CJ

Higuain is just not good enough for the asking price, though. that much is pretty clear.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

It doesn’t seem like it but if there’s only one top striker for sale and the buyers have the money I guess you can charge it …

voldermort
voldermort

I feel sorry for all the poor sods that renewed thier season tickets on the strength of the granit signing thinking it was a sign we would actually go for it this season.
I said weeks ago that the signing was made early for precisely that reason and I have a horrible feeling we will go with what we have. The season tickets have been renewed the money is in the bank and the club can take the piss again. I’m sure some on here will find an excuse not to sign a striker. But this is now 4 years of need and excuses. Feel sorry also for Sanchez and Ozil etc if we don’t sign the striker thier talent deserves to play with.

david9
david9

I have four season tickets for my family and would love a fifth! Cannot get one near me for love nor money. Box Office have a big waiting list.

I feels to me like you just have an axe to grind against the club I and many others love.

Can you please go elsewhere

voldermort
voldermort

I really don’t get the point your trying to make. I should go else where because I have a different opinion from yourself? I had a season ticket for 35 years up until 2 years ago. Travelled all over Europe watching arsenal.
During the 80’s and 90’s when we were truly shit but an honest club I went most away games too. I think I have earned the right to an opinion even if it differs from yours.

Dom47
Dom47

What are you on to have such a positive attitude towards the club at the moment? I want some of that please.

David kushner
David kushner

Ozil and Alexis are begging for top level players to help them in the pursuit of winning trophys. It’s an insult to their level of talent that Wenger just buries his head and continues to ignore the obvious holes in arsenals line-up. If Wenger continues his normal lack of initiative in the transfer market I fear that they will both move on to greener pastures. Or at least to a team that is willing to compete on both their domestic league and in the champions League.

Chinaman
Chinaman

You forgot to mention that we’ll still end up in 2nd or 3rd place, ahead of at least 5 top managers who we envy (Mourinho, Klopp, Guardiola, Pochettino, Conte, Ranieri, Koeman)

voldermort
voldermort

Or we may not. But if finishing 2nd or 3rd is acceptable to you then that’s fine. I’m not sure Ozil or Sanchez or the paying arsenal fans will agree with you after last season.
We will soon lose players and fans if we don’t invest in the forward this team has needed for 4 or more years.

Penfield
Penfield

You’re absolutely right. 34 million for Xhaka, one of the best players of the Euros we signed well early.

Clearly pissing in the wind.

Fabulous
Fabulous

Technically, you can still be pissing in the wind even after a good start. Take 2 seasons ago, Alexis to kick it off then we doze off when a centreback was clearly needed. Cech last season and the need for a striker was never addressed afterwards. This season Xhaka is necessary considering all the midfielders leaving us, and now as far as things are looking we clearly are pissing in the wind.

Savage
Savage

Too early mate. The window has LONG way to go, and there is a ripple effect of deals still happening.

The biggest clubs have all played the same waiting game as us. City with De Bruyne, Madrid with De Gea, Arsenal with Ozil, etc, etc.

Get used to it, regardless of who our manager and board are.

Nacho de Montreal is tasty
Nacho de Montreal is tasty

Waiting game for Ozil? We were not even after him. No club was after him. Real decided to sell him at last minute to alleviate the cost of Bale. If Ozil was put in the market, no chance that we got him.

winterburn 87
winterburn 87

Spot on. .we are going nowhere again this coming season ?

Sunil T
Sunil T

Another frustrating transfer window.. I hope Arsene has a plan!!

Smeirf
Smeirf

Jeez, this whole transfer window thingy gets really boring over the years, Come on people! We won’t sign anyone (at least not anyone who will provide any kind of impact on the team), haven’t you learned anything from the guy who signed absolutely ZERO field players last summer?

Chris
Chris

Dortmund also said the same about Mkhitaryan but Utd did what was necessary to secure his services NOW. We need to stop pussy-footing around the transfer market and do what is necessary. The money in football is unreal and we are more than capable of competing financially. It’s just a question of true ambition

Savage
Savage

Patience.

I remember people panicking last season at how long Cech was taking.

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

This

Abhi
Abhi

I’m expecting an article on the official site within the next couple of weeks to read : Welbeck is recovering faster than expected..or some other crap like that in a way to justify why we didn’t buy anyone this summer..this is utter bollocks..I’m keeping my hopes low on anything significant happening

REvers
REvers

Around the end of June each year, I get excited about transfers. Then around a couple of weeks later (like now for this year) I resolve to solve my growing frustrations by ignoring every rumour floating out there.

I’ll just wait for an official announcement.

Wenger is God
Wenger is God

By the end of transfer window, Wenger will tell you our business is completed with three major signings: Akano, Xhaka and Welback(new signing after recover from injury). Top 4 is our ambition. #bullshit

Vonnie
Vonnie

You can’t just go out and pick up a striker, and there are so few around at the moment that their clubs are hanging on to them because they can’t replace them. If a club won’t sell they won’t sell, and I don’t see many quality forwards moving this summer. We know we need another striker, and I’m sure the club is working on it, but it’s no good spending silly money on someone just for the sake of it. Whoever we buy will probably come out of the blue, so it’s no good getting worked up by silly stories on NewsNow (I tell myself!). That said, I think there may be something in the Draxler story, and I’m rather hoping his mate Mesut will bring him back after the holidays, it may be Wolfsburg need to find a replacement. Also it’s gone very quiet on Lacazette, always a good sign.

Smeirf
Smeirf

Woah, man!
All the nonsense the monsieur has been pumping us for years has really gotten into your head, didn’t it?
We’re talking about the same guy who relys heavily on Giroud up front for the last 4 ([email protected]#) seasons, He’s a dinosaur…

Danny
Danny

That dinosaur just guided us to 2nd in the league, and finished above man city, Chelsea, man united et al. If he’s a dinosaur, what are you?

Fabulous
Fabulous

When those teams had their worst seasons in ages. Do that again next season then you may have a point. I’m already dreading our clashes with Mourinho.

Abhi
Abhi

Second behind Leicester ?

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Would you prefer 9th place, just ahead of chavski?

Vonnie
Vonnie

Olivier Giroud isn’t a dinosaur, and he isn’t the problem. The problems we had last season were the ones around him. If Theo and Ox had been on their game and scored a few goals we wouldn’t even be having this conversation. We’re probably going into the first few games relying on them, so we’d better hope they step up. If being realistic is a problem it’s a problem I’m glad to have.

Dom47
Dom47

I’m pretty sure he thought that Wenger is a dinosaur, not Giroud. But I agree with you that Walcott and Ox should have contributed much more. It doesn’t mean that we cannot find a better striker that Giroud still.

charley
charley

err.. are you arsene in disguise?

Danny
Danny

Je suis Charley

Savage
Savage

Well said, Vonnie. Doing your level-best to prop up the EQ level of the Arsenal fanbase.

Rossi88
Rossi88

There are plenty of strikers around, it’s just the willingness to pay. Let’s face it, the market has changed, and you have to roll with it. Maybe the lack of strikers that are perceived to be better than Giroud are few and far between. But there are plenty in world football that alot of top clubs look at as having the potential to become one.
I see barca after Vietto and think, why don’t we look at him? Correa, martial and batshuayi. Janssen, Lukaku, icardi, Morata, jese are just some that are spoke about often…but it’s because they are the up and coming strikers in the game. If your not bidding for Aubameyang, lewandowski, cavani ect, they are the next bunch that could become top strikers. Just my opinion but at some point I think it’s worth taking a punt, sometimes you get a Reyes but you could end up with an Henry.

Greg
Greg

Seriously? Look at the lad at dortmund. He was staying until man utd made an improved offer. Sometimes you have to pay over the odds. He needs to get over himself and offer what the selling club wants. that charade with suarez is a prime example

We need a fast striker – higuain is not what we need

Goondalf de Gea
Goondalf de Gea

The transfer stories get increasingly downbeat with each passing day. Why is it that other clubs can get deals done so efficiently and we can’t? There is still a month until the first game but surely we’d want to bed any serious additions in as soon as possible.

Greg
Greg

Exactly you would think they would want to allow the new player to have as much time to settle and get to know his new teammates as possible

Were a shambles

DontForget
DontForget

Another summer with just one senior signing is coming and going ???

Stillmatic
Stillmatic

Screw it, so desperate I’d like to see us take a punt on Yarmalenko and play him up front.

CJ
CJ

why isn’t anyone going after him? he’s pretty good, actually

MTZ
MTZ

Vardy’s looking pretty decent right about now..

heihaci
heihaci

why not go for Mahrez?
Pretty worrying Arsene wants Campbell to leave the club over Walcott

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

Is he the CF we’re desperate for?

Smeirf
Smeirf

In case you haven’t noticed – our right wing is as garbage as well.

Andy Mack
Andy Mack

So you want a winger instead of a CF?
Does that mean you’re happy with Asano?
Or do we have enough in the transfer fund for Granit, a winger and a CF (and a CB?)?

Gunnerjoe
Gunnerjoe

What do club managers know lack of money from Volkswagen may move this deal on let’s hope so.

Tasmanian Jesus
Tasmanian Jesus

I’d rather we go for Marco Reus anyway. Wonder why theres no talk about him?

Danny
Danny

He’s perpetually injured, which is the last thing we need. Fine player though.

charley
charley

Yeah that part of the squad (walking wounded ) is already taken by Welbz

Little Mozart
Little Mozart

He’s also a genuine BVB fan so it would be highly unlikely to sign him. I do wish he was ours though.

Rossi88
Rossi88

Didn’t he do a cruciate or something?

Eyepokingstooge
Eyepokingstooge

Remember that song by Air Supply
Making Love Out of Nothing
Kind of like most Arsenal rumors. They are made …
Out of nothing at all
Out of nothing at all

Sir Chips Keswick
Sir Chips Keswick

Higuain is coming people .

Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho
Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho

I understand this guy is highly rated but the numbers bandied about seem ridiculous, especially considering he’s not a specialist striker but one he can be converted into?

We’re stocked with wingers and attacking midfielders- what we need is a specialist striker- no Henry type experiments

I hope Wenger just gets a CB and a Striker and that’s that.

PFo
PFo

Attacking midfielders yes, but how are we stocked with wingers? Welbeck is out, Walcott is patently not good enough. Ramsey and Wilshere are both awkward fits who prefer to play centrally and lack real pace. The Ox has had big injury and confidence problems for a while now.

PFo
PFo

I know I’m just a regular guy who neither works in football management nor has inside information about the inner workings of Arsenal football club, so I basically know nothing. However, I have to ask: if getting Draxler is a long (and expensive) shot, why not go in for Gotze? Bayern are looking to sell with one year left on his contract, looks like he’s rejected interest from Liverpool, probably on the grounds that he wants Champions League football, and reports from Germany suggests he’s close to resigning with Dortmund. We already missed out on Mikhitarian (I can never spell that guy’s name) for that wide attacker role, and he was essentially Gotze’s replacement at BVB, so why not go for the younger, cheaper alternative. I know he’s had a rough few seasons with confidence and some injuries, but it doesn’t seem like it’s a case of his being permanently injury prone, he’s still young, still one of the most talented attackers in world football who can play across the forward line (not saying he’s our new centre forward, just that he can chip in with pace, assists, and goals), and most importantly, he’s probably someone we could realistically get if we showed real interest, and for under 25 million which in the current market is an absolute steal. Think about it: 3-4 years ago this guy was the biggest star in a team with the likes of Reus, Lewandowski, and Gundogan. He looked short of confidence at the Euros but that was more down to the formation than anything else, and I actually think he had some good moments (he looked pretty good in his last game before being unlucky to be subbed, I thought). Wenger might like Draxler better but he’ll probably cost twice as much (no one can tell me Draxler is twice as good as Gotze), and indeed any other similar player we might try to get now, e.g. Mahrez, would also be way more expensive. And I recall a few years ago, when Gotze was the darling of world football, Wenger was definitely a big admirer. I like Draxler a lot, and with him we have the genuine chance of turning him into a centre forward some day (though we still need a new striker for this season!), but if we can’t get him, going for Mario just seems like a no brainer to me.

Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho
Vincent Kompany's Forehead/Jamie Vardinho

Campbell and Chamberlain, Iwobi can play there too.

Sanchez and Iwobi on the left.

I think that’s sufficient

Matt
Matt

Let’s get ready for yet another season with Giroud as the main striker.

Tribe
Tribe

It’s not just buy CB and CF we all know. Not just for the sake of it. Blogs in the upper comments mentioned 10 signed players from 2013 till now. Okay then. Out of 10, 2 are top signings (Sanchez and Ozil), 1 is very good (Cech), 1 good (Elneny) but still dodnt have enough time to change things. Xhaka is yet to be seen and all the others (50%) are players not good enough, players with bad attitude, players who didnt do anything to have an impact of the team. So 50% of the signings in the last 3 years are total failures.
So if we are just about to say buy a CB and a CF means we gave up on this case.
Arsene always says that the players he wants must be world class, well, you’ve signed just 3 in that category, the other 7 are questionable. The problem of Arsenal FC is not just signing players, but identifying great players. Money’s not a problem obviously. It’s the balance of who MUST leave the club (and we have plenty of those) and who should join and how badly the club fights for the signings. Better to have one quality and well paid player then three well paid who can’t make an impact on the team. I mean look and Walcott’s salary. Is that fucking normal? Is Walcott top top top quality player for the salary he has???

assistantref
assistantref

50% of the signings have been total failures? Good lord, with fans like this, we deserve what we get.

The only signing on that list a reasonable person can say was a “total” failure was Debuchy. And even he looked like a decent enough bit of business until Arnautovic savagely dislocated his shoulder for no reason.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

It’s hard to tell if that diatribe is meant to be a serious opinion, or if it’s just trolling. Assistant ref is absolutely correct. Before Debuchy got twatted by that cunt Arnautovic, he really looked the business. And Debuchy only because his own special brand of cunt when he couldn’t cope with Bellerin forcing him out of the team.

Arsepedant
Arsepedant

*Assistant ref –> Assistantref
*because –> became

Even proofread it before posting, and still missed two typos. Need more coffee this morning.

Chemchampion
Chemchampion

Another statement from a club right before selling

http://news.arseblog.com/2016/06/dortmund-mkhitaryan-not-leaving/

Mark
Mark

Hopefully Wenger is working on some things behind the scenes and we’ll have news of a signing or two shortly, but my fear is it is another Summer of little ambition (beyond Xhaka) by him and more frustration for the fans especially as the pre-season is about to begin. I hate to say it, but maybe what the club needs is to miss out on the top 4 one year in order to make some real changes instead of the mindset of “hey we got 2nd place last year and just need to keep doing the same thing with one or two changes” that seems to be there. Would love see Draxler join us, but doubt it will happen just as we won’t sign Higuain or any of the other top strikers linked to us.

broken red army
broken red army

Arsenal: Wenger is signing no one.

Greg
Greg

Silver lining if he signs no one then he’s not renewing his contract

santori
santori

Yet…

If price cools, he may yet leave.

The problem with bringing Draxler in to convert into the middle is the risk factor in transition.

OTOH, should price come down on other players, Wolfsburg may also be compelled to come down on pricing.

I think they were rumoured to be asking 55m which is exorbitant to say the least. Price should be closer to 40m or under IMO.

This will of course be weighed against say if/should Morata be allowed to leave (issue is whether Real need him if Crobnaldo is crocked and the buy back price…Real wanting to put a substantial profit over that cost), or maybe Higuain whose price has to climb down considerably even more (which it may if none of the big buyers show appetite toward the end and have committed to other targets)

So all talk at the moment and all options still open.

Frog
Frog

Meh. I’m Arsenal through and through. I don’t give a fishs tit who we sign. Come week one, I’ll be behind whomever is on the pitch. All the rest is for the birds.

santori
santori

People tend to get themselves mixed up with thinking we have not been spending but we have been spending since Wenger decided to revamp the squad when he realised the Denilson generation was not going to work.

Arteta, Metersecker, Podlski, Giroud, Koscielny, Ox, Santi, Ozil, Alexis, Chambers, Elneny, Gabriel, Monreal, Cech to name the more prominent.

I think the view that we do not spend was mainly coloured by the Ozil summer when we bought a couple of smaller spends and then brought Ozil in very late on compound with last summer’s capture of just Cech.

COnsistently as well, Wenger tended to be conservative and one player short of competitive for the season, as when he neglected to add a Cback then added Gabriel in January when he realised his pick of Chambers and MOnreal (both not in natural position as Cback) to cover the injured Kosicleny was flawed. He blamed it on a bogus world cup hangover but in reality the BFG was suffering from positional uncertainty because of his inexperienced partners and we paid for it in most goals conceded from wide areas through set pieces, crosses or corners.

Same time last season, he neglected to add a DM electing to entrust Flamini who in all fairness did well for the duration he had to hold with Ramsey sans some of our best assets and in difficult games against City and Olympiakos. But the back up promise of Arteta was never going to materialise as I mentioned the Spaniard was going to suffer availability issues bc of age/fitness.

He then had to add Elneny in January frankly as a stop gap. The Egyptian was as much cover for the link position (Ramsey, Jack, Santi) as for emergency cover at DM. He does not convince me as better than even Flamini. When Coquelin came back, we leaked even more goals with Le Coq playing alongside Ramsey unable to balance the Welsh men’s adventurism. Elneny gave us nothing going forward bar the odd goal against Barca. Hence Granit.

It remains to be seen this season if Wenger will find the prices to make him buy sufficient.

But to say he has not been spending is highly disingenuous considering he already did very good business at 30m for one of the most promising DMs in the world in Granit and has over course of last 4 seasons shown appetite to add quality in Alexis at 35m and Ozil at 42.3m

Worth noting as well Wenger is one of the best judges for value in the market. This should not be confused with over caution.

He has bought his fair share of duds but he generally is parsimonious with price in this respect and limits damage to our bottom line. Where he has spent big he has been spot on.

santori
santori

Draxler – I think he can bring plenty of versatilty covering our wide area but he has seemingly all the sort of raw ingredients Wenger needs to convert himinto the CF role.

He has the technical talent, the pace, but also good height and shooting power. Most of all he seems to have good creative intelligence on the ball to find pockets of space.

He reminds me so much of RVP but with added pace.

This sort of hybrid striker has been extremely hard to come by.

If price comes down to 40m mark, I can see Giroud considering a move. It will mean we would have laid out 70m for two players and maybe we will have to make do with another 10-15m for a Cback bringing total up to 80-85mwhich is the upper limit.

The worry of course is Wenger gets put off with prices on strikers completely. I think he knows he has to add with Welbeck out so alternates are also in play with Lacazette’s price possibly dropping from 42m now asked.

But the problem is China is also in the market inflating prices with buys of Hulk at 47m and Pelle at 12m. This means there is a double squeeze on the second tier end of the striker market which is already recieving attention from better budgets of lesser PL team thanks to the TV deals.

So its tricky. Panic and move too early and we risk a very good purchase at end of window. But leave it too late and some secondary targets may get snapped up.

The other big risk is if we spend too much on the striker, we may risk Wenger not electing to reinforce at Cback (instead entrust Chambers again to convert to role) which IMO will be a mistake.

Chambers should revert to his natural role at Rback and develop from there.

We should bring in a CBack to eventually take over from BFG (with Koscielny also wrong side of 30). Some noise about Manolas from Roma or Rugani from Juventus as possibilities. They’re not cheap but at 25yrs and 21yrs respectively (the latter 6’3), good for the future.

santori
santori

In our favour, Wolfsburg have no CL and flatter to deceive. Draxler can be moved. BUt question is price. they still have a good hand on his contract having just signed him. PLayer can be motivated.

Goonersmurf
Goonersmurf

If you trust wenger to sign a player we need and require at the appropriate time, Shame on you

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

He doesn’t have the heart nor the gumption.

Draxx Them Sklounst!

Bendtner's Ego
Bendtner's Ego

Draxler is worth £55M in this market, which is inflated more than the usual inflation due to the new PL media contract. If West Ham can contemplate dropping £30-35M on a player, we can afford to go £55, easily.

If anyone watched Germany and Draxler in particular, you would also probably agree that he is worth £55M in this market. Goetze barely saw action in the tournament, while

Draxler was the impact sub or starting out on the wing. He was a menace, regularly taking on defenders and beating them down the wing for crosses or shots. I think he nutmegged 3 players in one match.

He’s taller, faster, younger, and better than Goetze. Pay the money.

Gunnerlocutor
Gunnerlocutor

Totally agree. Unless Wenger is going to get a better forward, he should do it! With Giroud up top and Drax, Ozil and Alexis, supported by Ramsey and Xhaka, I think the goal tally would rise a lot!

Putney S.
Putney S.

I agree and it’s hard to understand why Wenger wouldn’t go all out for him. He has repeatedly voiced his admiration for the player. Young but still very experienced. Considering we didn’t sign a player all last season you’d think he’d have the money for it.

Putney S.
Putney S.

(*Outfield player)

PFo
PFo

I’m all for Draxler but he’s not obviously better than Gotze. One needs to look at the long view in these things: Gotze was one of the biggest young stars in world football when he was at Dortmund. Draxler has yet to make that kind of impact in his young career. You don’t become crap between 21 and 24 (I’m guesstimating; I didn’t bother to look at his exact age), unless injuries permanently change your body. The move to Bayern didn’t work out for a variety of reasons; this can happen when a young player moves to a massive club. If his confidence can return, at the right club playing him in the right way, his best years are ahead of him. Not sure Draxler is obviously faster than Gotze either. Both are quick but not Walcott fast.
Draxler was good at the Euros but one shouldn’t read too much into a handful of games at an international tournament. Club football is the better measure of a player’s quality now. Plus, most of the hype from his performances is based on one game, against Slovakia, hardly the toughest of opponents. I’m not saying I don’t like him; I do, a lot. But wish we were considering Gotze at a bargain price as well.

I felt the same way about last summer: by all accounts Arsene put all his eggs in a Benzema shaped basket, and when that didn’t work out it was too late, or he was too picky/cheap, to do anything else. We all know what happened then. Wenger has proved he is willing to spend big money, but it has to be just right for him: perfect player, perfect timing, perfect situation within the current squad, etc, etc, and then he still wants to haggle the selling club down as much as is humanly possible. Worst case scenario we miss out; best case scenario it takes until the end of the window after the team has already had their preseason and started the season poorly.

Jags
Jags

So many managers in here, why aren’t you all out there managing football clubs.

Tony Hall
Tony Hall

We don’t just need a CF though, we also need at least one CB