Reports from around the press have it that Swiss young defender is on the verge of moving from Basel to Arsenal, pending the agreement of a €12m deal between both parties.
The highly rated defender, who is principally a center back but can operate at right back, has attracted interest from a host of clubs around the top flight, including neighbours Tottenham after putting himself on the global footballing map with steadily impressive and improving performances for club and country.
With the need for defensive reinforcements still very glaring at Arsenal, Schar could be the January solution to fix the gap in insufficiency which the Gunners have had to bear with over the past three months, especially the attempt to plug round holes with square pegs, per the case of Nacho Monreal.
Wenger would be getting himself a real potential here if he could capture Schar in the coming window, though the matter of Basel’s willingness to sell would be the determining factor as they are still within a shout of qualification for the knockout rounds of the Champions League needing just a point in their final group game at Anfield.
Arsenal’s lack of depth in the defensive unit has created a significant necessity for the acquisition of an extra-man who will provide cover in the event of any player picking up injuries. With Debuchy still out and our only real center back back-up always playing, we are always on the risk of having no cover for both our center backs should any unfortunate incidents befall both Mertesacker and Koscielny at the same time. It is expedient that Wenger makes the push for the defender, though the fact he would not be eligible to partake in the rest of our Champions League campaign would definitely be cause for some hesitation.
Schar has been in impressive form this season for both club and country, racking up 19 appearances in which he has appeared twice on the scoresheet, the most recent being in the 4 – 0 victory of Switzerland over Lithuania in the European Championship Qualifiers. A strong and composed tackler, Schar would provide good competition to both our first choice pair of central defenders, while adding to the youthful promise of a young partnership with Calum Chambers. With Basel seemingly unmovable from the top of the Swiss League, the youngster knows he would have to move to a bigger club if he is to achieve all the dreams of his career.
Arsene, on his part, will not have to let it slide too much before making the approach, in January or in the next summer as the likes of Juventus are already snooping around, waiting to take a grab.
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