Why Lucas Moura Would Be A Better Signing For Arsenal Than Julian Draxler
Arsenal had identified Lucas Moura as a target in the summer as Arsene Wenger was desperately scanning the market to find Alexis Sanchez’s replacement. Although Sanchez did not leave then, he is understood to be eyeing a January move, which will make it necessary for Wenger to sign new recruits.
Sanchez has been a star for Arsenal ever since he moved from Barcelona. The Chilean has established himself as one of the key men in Wenger’s plans, while also becoming the most influential player for the club in terms of creativity. The player has been known to be unhappy with Arsenal’s shortcomings, and with the Gunners failing to make much of an impact in the new season so far, Sanchez looks increasingly likely to exit in January.
However, while Arsenal have been eyeing Lucas Moura, there is another Paris Saint-Germain player who is seeking an exit – and that is Julian Draxler. The prolific German has seen a harsh reduction in his playing time ever since Neymar arrived, and the forward would be better off joining a new club in January. However, should Arsenal make a move to sign Draxler over Moura?
Straight off the bat, if Arsenal were to consider signing Draxler, they would have to compete with Liverpool. The Reds are believed to be the front-runners in landing the German player to replace the exit-bound Philippe Coutinho. Moreover, Draxler is likely to be tempted to join the Reds over the Gunners simply because of Jurgen Klopp’s presence at Anfield.
Thus, making a move for Draxler may prove to be futile for Arsenal. Additionally, Arsenal’s tryst with German players of late haven’t yielded the best of results (Mesut Ozil, anyone?). Since the move for Draxler is unlikely to benefit Arsenal much, the Gunners could instead focus on securing the services of Lucas Moura.
Moura joined PSG back in 2013 as the French club shook off interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea to sign the highly rated winger. After settling in slowly during the initial stages of his PSG career, Moura seems to have finally established himself at the club. However, after spending so many years in Paris, it could perhaps be time for Moura to look for other alternatives – especially after Kylian Mbappe’s arrival, which has been a reason for a significant reduction in his time on the field.
In terms of what he can bring to the squad, Moura is a quick and direct winger who is very good at outplaying defenders on either flank. He has excellent ball control and can fire shots from distances. Rather than playing as a limited winger, the 25-year-old has become very adept at popping up on the opposite flank to get on the end of crosses and score – depending upon the situation.
He still has space to improve his end product but to do that, he needs playing minutes. Playing wide in Arsenal’s 3-4-3, behind the striker, Lucas would be a great addition to the Gunners’ squad.