The Arsenal fans on social media are hoping that Julian Draxler arrives as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez before the summer transfer window shuts.
The transfer window ends this evening and time is running out for two big deals to be completed.
Alexis’ move to Manchester City has been an ongoing saga all summer long and could be concluded today. However, the move is dependent on City offering Arsenal a good price and the Gunners signing a replacement.
That replacement could be Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler. The German winger is said to be available after PSG completed the signing of Neymar, and the Arsenal fans feel the club should go and get him.
If Arsenal are selling Alexis and we have souls ox, we need to bring in Draxler and Barkley we can't sell them and bring no one in #AFC
— Fabion Blake (@Fabion_Blake) August 31, 2017
We sold Ox. Let's buy somebody. Please! Draxler, Mahrez, Bendtner, Will Grigg, Messi's Son, Ronaldo's Nan! SOMEBODY!!!#AFC
— Red (Lawts) (@VirtualLawts) August 31, 2017
But bring in Draxler. PLEASE. #AFC
— 2nd Season Syndrome (@FPL_2SS) August 31, 2017
— And Billbö Ⓥ (@FoxyBillbo) August 31, 2017
Has to be Draxler AND Barkley for it to be acceptable. #afc
— Amal P (@AFC_amal) August 31, 2017
Arsenal had two opportunities to sign Draxler. The first was when he was a teenager at Schalke and just breaking through, the other was when he was leaving Wolfsburg for PSG. For one reason or another, the London club have yet to go beyond their initial interest.
The winger was in good form in France, but that wasn’t enough to convince PSG not go and get Neymar. While he’s a slightly different player to Alexis, he does seem to be a good option, I feel.
He’s still young at 23 and can replace the pace and trickery of the Man City-bound Chilean international. While he’s not as prolific, he could grow into a goalscorer at Arsenal if he’s given enough freedom.
Convincing him to join, though, is another matter, and there’s still the small matter of selling Alexis to City, which is far from a straightforward deal.