Arsenal fans must have been watching Paris Saint-Germain’s demolition of Barcelona last night while wearing expressions of anger. ‘Why?’ you may ask – well it’s not because the Parisians showed them how to out-play a genuine European giant, rather that Julian Draxler put in the sort of performance that must have brought much frustration for everyone associated with the Gunners.
The German joined PSG during January in arguably the biggest transfer on the continent, seemingly putting an end to those persistent links with the London club. The 23-year-old attacker had been aligned with Arsene Wenger’s side window after window – there were even suggestions during this winter that he may swap Wolfsburg’s Volkswagen Arena for the Emirates Stadium – and after watching him contribute to mauling Barca, it really does look like another opportunity missed.
While Angel di Maria has widely been hailed as the Man of the Match for his display at the Parc des Princes, Draxler was heavily involved in all that was good about the Ligue 1 champions’ attacking play, netting a vital goal and completing three dribbles. On top of this, he made the joint-highest number of interceptions (four) of any player on the pitch, while his 54 touches show how involved in the play he was.
Yet more ammo for the #WengerOut brigade? Maybe…