Arsenal unlikely to sign Draxler this January
Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler has been one of the most linked names with Arsenal in this January transfer window, as many expected the North London outfit to go on another spending spree after the summer purchase of Mesut Ozil. Arsene Wenger, though, has been silent on the club's transfer activity and he has now confirmed that it looks very unlikely that a new signing will arrive at the Emirates within next week.
Draxler, as one of the highly rated youngsters in European football, was expected to cost around £20 million. Wenger says that this squad has shown enough strength in depth over the last few weeks to do away with any purchases in the remaining few days of the window. According to ESPN, Wenger said:
"It looks very unlikely. We are at the 23rd of January today and we are not close to doing anything.
"I feel a bit guilty going to a press conference during the transfer window and having no one to announce, but I don’t want to lie."
Arsenal fans will be least happy at Wigan's decision to rely on Nicklas Bendtner's return to form as a main reason for not going shopping. The Danish forward scored a crucial goal in the 2-0 win over Cardiff, but he has been sidelined for the last couple of matches with an injury. Olivier Giroud has practically carried the team in the first half of the season. Wenger continued:
"We have [Alex Oxlade-] Chamberlain back, [Nicklas] Bendtner back, [Mikel] Arteta and [Aaron] Ramsey back next week.
"We have the needed squad. Overall, we have a very strong squad. If something exceptional turns up, we will do it."
Undoubtedly, the return of Lukas Podolski also plays a role in Wenger's decision, but then Theo Walcott has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
It was heavily expected that Arsenal would bring in a striker to take some pressure off Giroud.
It is shaping up into a three horse race for the title with Manchester City and Chelsea being the main competitors. Arsenal's squad certainly looks weak in comparison with these two teams, but it seems that Wenger is confident of maintaining this form in the business end of the season.