The Gunners have been heavily linked with a £37 million move for the German international in the January transfer window but Keown believes the Gunners current position at the top of the league in a very tight title race will mean Wenger will only be interested in bringing in someone that can make an immediate impact.
“If Arsenal are going to buy a player now, it’s got to be a ready-made player, like Mesut Ozil was,” he told Talk Sport.
“Wenger is the sort of manager who deals himself a hand at the start of the season, and then plays it.”
“He doesn’t like dipping in [to the market in January]. They’ll be saving their money for an Ozil like signing in the summer.”
Draxler is one of the most promising young players in Europe and will give the Gunners a completely new element with his direct style. The pacy midfielder can be deployed on the left wing or right behind the striker.
He is cup-tied in Europe and is currently not playing due to an ankle tendon injury and should be able to resume full training by mid-February.
Keown is right as Wenger generally prefers to do his business in the summer, but I think the situation is very different this time around. It seems the French manager has already made up his mind on bringing Draxler to the Emirates and is preferring a January move as he believes more clubs will be interested in the summer which might force a bidding war.
Although many might feel it’s too early to comment, I think Draxler is destined to be a Gunner but it’s remains to be seen whether it will happen this month or in the Summer.
How many agree with me?