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Mertesacker would welcome Schalke's Draxler to Arsenal with open arms

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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