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How Tottenham selling Lewis Holtby could help Arsenal

Twitter caught on fire last night with rumors that Lewis Holtby's departure from Spurs to Schalke could allow Julian Draxler to come to Arsenal by month's end.

Draxler and Holtby: Off to more Arsenal-awesome destinations?
Draxler and Holtby: Off to more Arsenal-awesome destinations?
Dennis Grombkowski

Remember Jan Aage Fjortoft? He's the Norweigan journalist who knows what's happening in German football -- he was instrumental in breaking last Labor Day's happy news that Mesut Özil was coming to Arsenal. Now, he's revealing the possibility that Julian Draxler might be headed to Arsenal thanks to another rumored move. Like with Özil, it involves the generosity of Tottenham Hotspur selling a player to a Champions League team, who then need to sell a player to help offset the buy. Here's how the dots might be connecting:

1. New Spurs manager and Arsenal double-agent Tim Sherwood, looking at the pu-pu platter that Daniel Levy and Andres Villas-Boas left him, decides that Lewis Holtby is surplus to Spurs' needs somehow.

2. Schalke decides, hey, Holtby's totally what we could use in our central attack -- the rumor that Bild (among others) is running with today.

3. This move, plus the arrival of Sidney Sam in the summer, suddenly creates a very crowded midfield, creating speculation that Draxler is indeed expendable.

4. JAF tweets this out:

5. Twitter eruption.

6. Inevitable Bleacher Report "story."

Still, though, Fjortoft's already tweeting a caveat about the news, just in case it doesn't pan out.

Welcome to silly season, y'all.