Swiss International, Fabian Schar, is the latest player to be linked with Arsenal in as many weeks, with Tottenham ranked as the closest in the running for the Basel star.
The 22 year-old has been a revelation in Switserland over the past couple of seasons after going from being a bank clerk, to scoring goals for the Swiss in World Cup qualifiers. Though overlooked for the victorious 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup team, the young defender has gone on to carve a niche for himself, now currently regarded as ‘undroppable’ for both club and country. He was part of Ottmar Hitzveld’s World Cup contingent in Brasil, who were only ousted by the might of Argentina in extra-time of their Round-of-16 clash.
A highly skillful defender, his consistent turnouts for Basel have earned him great reviews from many reputable sources, as well as keen interest from Europe’s top clubs. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Manchester United and Chelsea are believed to have made enquiries about his availability before the World Cup. Chelsea, especially, would have good reason to be interested in him, having fallen victim to his brilliance in both of last season’s encounters between they and Basel. Schar and his teammates were too good for Jose Mourinho’s men, especially on the second game at St. Jakob-Park when Schär’s excellent through ball was the source of the only goal, scored by Mohammed Salah, now at Chelsea.
The two North London rivals are now seen as the favourites to capture the Swiss star, with a January showdown anticipated. 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 and Monreal bothe out for periods neither short-term nor definite, a supplement to the ‘Mertescielny Chambers’ is absolutely inevitable. The exertions that will be involved in playing in four comepetitions which will result in breathless schedule of games should surely be one heck of a demand on just 6 defenders.
Now we have just four.
Tottenham fans are still gutted that we beat them on transfer deadline day to the acquisition of England International, Danny Welbeck, despite being clearly poised to land him as at Lunchtime that day. We may have a certain England teammate of his to thank for “being on him all day so he doesn’t join Tottenham”, or even Danny himself who probably could not imagine himself leaving a club who were champions 12 months ago to join a Europa League outfit whose manager may be fired even before he gets his first game. The appeal of the Champions League should all but score us great points in out attempt to bring Schär to the Emirates.
On another note, Basel are the perennial Swiss chmapions, having won the League last term for the 5th year on the bounce. Schär faces the dilemma of having to stay a little longer to continue a steady growth at St. Jakob, or take the bold step that will kick his career on to a totally new level.
He surely won’t be going to a new level if he went to Spurs, as Soldado would easily attest to.
While the French, Dutch and Germans can claim to have been the most successful foreigners at Arsenal, Senderos and Djourou did not really live up to their promise. It’s up to Schär to come and defend the honour of the Swiss and etch his name in Gunner folklore.
More importantly, it’s up to us to make the move for him, especially one he wouldn’t refuse.
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