In Focus: Draxler would find it tough to replace Sanchez at Arsenal

As reported by The Sun, Arsenal are interested in signing Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

With Alexis Sanchez’s contract situation still not resolved, it’s important that Arsenal have potential replacements lined up in January to come in should the Chilean leave. Sanchez’s current deal runs out at the end of the season meaning the Gunners could be forced to sell him next month.

The Sun report that one potential replacement is Paris Saint-Germain player Julian Draxler, who Arsene Wenger sees as the ideal candidate.

The paper say the Gunners have even already made initial enquiries into making the deal happen.

There’s a snag though, with Arsenal only willing to pay up to £30m for the German, with the French club holding out for a £40m fee, according to the report.

Does he have what it takes to replace Sanchez’s contribution at the Emirates?

Big boots to fill

Sanchez’s direct goal contribution to Arsenal over the years has been quite incredible. The former Barcelona man has scored or assisted 124 goals in 162 appearances for the Gunners, being one of their most important players for years now.

While Draxler is obviously a capable player, he doesn’t have that kind of raw direct goal contribution in his locker, failing to reach double figures for goals since the 2013/14 season when he still played for Schalke. He’s also spent the majority of this season playing in a more central midfield role for PSG.

Still just 24, he could grow into the elite, Sanchez-level talent that Wenger is reported to see him as, but he’d have a lot of work to do to replace what the Chilean currently offers.