Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker admits he would love to see Julian Draxler join him in north London.

The Gunners are in hot pursuit of the 20-year old Schalke ace with reports suggesting they are considering stumping up his £37million (€45.4million) buyout fee.

Whether or not he does happen to make his way to the Emirates Stadium, fellow German Mertesacker insists Draxler would be a great addition to Arsene Wenger's squad.

"He is a great talent," Mertesacker told the London Evening Standard.

"He has already made a big impact at Schalke and in the German national team, despite his young age.

"He would be very welcome here. I'm excited to see what happens."

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