The Germany international was constantly linked with a move to the Gunners, but it seems the price tag of around £40 million was too steep for Arsene Wenger, and the 23-year-old moved to Paris from Wolfsburg during the January transfer window.
But tonight Draxler has more than proved his worth by absolutely torturing Barca right-back Sergi Roberto at every opportunity and playing a part in both of his team’s goals so far.
Draxler was fouled on the edge of the penalty area after 20 minutes, which gave Angel Di Maria the opportunity to score an absolutely stunning free-kick.
And just before half-time, Draxler calmed himself before coolly slotting in a second:
— SOWETAN (@nkutha1) February 14, 2017
As you can imagine, Gooners everywhere were far from impressed:
— Lennox Bacela (@lennoxbacela) February 14, 2017
This Arsenal new boy is goooood!!! Draxler. 2-0 PSG.
— Black Boy Fly (@Monsieur_RJ) February 14, 2017
Goal!!!!!!! Arsenal. Sorry, Draxler
— AndyGunner (@Arsenalised06) February 14, 2017
— GoonerRaph (@RaphaelClarke) February 14, 2017
PSG are absolutely mauling Barcelona. Great finish from Arsenal's Julian Draxler.
— Darren Norris (@Denmania) February 14, 2017
Tell me why Arsenal didn't buy draxler again…..
— Adam Fowler (@loki_arsenal) February 14, 2017
Disappointed that Arsenal failed to sign Draxler. He's been good for PSG
— Taj (@tajatassi) February 14, 2017
This Draxler looks good, why haven't we tried to sign him ??
— #DW23 (@ArsenalVenter) February 14, 2017
Yeah arsene , draxler isn't good enough for arsenal . Good job
— Nadeem Moughnieh (@nad_man89) February 14, 2017
Draxler is peak. Shout out Arsenal for not getting him
— DRACO Malfoy ??? (@waverveli) February 14, 2017
@Arsenal that's why you should of got draxler! Best player on the pitch so far!
— Bob Edgar (@bobuoprecast) February 14, 2017
Why didn't Arsenal try to get Draxler ?
— Tunde (@Tunde_H) February 14, 2017
Just to think Arsenal were going to sign Draxler but Wenger was being too greedy ??
— ZAKER (@ZakerAlii) February 14, 2017
Arsenal dodged a bullet with that Draxler.
Been awful. £40m. Pfffffftttttttt… pic.twitter.com/rYomIqdEHG
— TheFooTypster (@TheFooTypster) February 14, 2017
What do you think?
Should Arsenal have done more to sign Draxler when they had the chance? And how good could he end up being?