Arsenal lining up bargain defender in January?

Is This Swiss Defender the Solution for Arsenal’s Defensive Problems?

If reports from the Daily Star are to be believed, the Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to make a move for the FC Basel defender Fabian Schar once the transfer window reopens in January. The Swiss international is said to be priced at around £10millon but with his contract at the club set to expire this summer, a cut-price deal is very much possible.

Arsenal’s lack of defensive depth has been constantly exposed and Wenger has been forced to go into games with a makeshift defence, even having to play Nacho Monreal at centre-back. Having lost Thomas Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna and having loaned out Carl Jenkinson, Wenger has brought in only Mathieu Debuchy and Callum Chambers, leaving the Gunners with a shortage of at least one defender, which has escalated to a shortage of two as a result of Debuchy’s long-term absence.

While the Frenchman has been hesitant to spend in the winter market in the past, I really feel that this story has a fair bit of credibility to it considering that the squad is desperately in need of defensive options. In addition, Schar will be available for quite a bargain as a result of his expiring contract, which will also encourage Basel to cash in on their star centre-back while they still can.

Coming to the player, Fabian Schar is 22-year-old ball-playing central defender with good physical presence and prowess in the air. He has been making quite a name for himself since bursting on the scene for the Swiss club and will be looking to take the next big step in his career. Here’s hoping that Wenger will bring him to the Emirates once the January transfer window is open.


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  1. jeff says:

    Would be a good buy. He has quite a lot of experience for his age (played in some big CL games with Basel). Good for the present and the future. And at such a low price a no brainer.

    But knowing Arsenal we’re most likely not even in for him. Maybe if he gets injured before January…

    1. SaveArsenal says:

      This is the problem with Wenger.
      We need a top defender, we have needed a DM for many years, we shouldn’t be f**king around, buy Schinderlin, if we had bought him in the summer who knows where we might be now…

      Best defensive change is Wenger out!

      1. galaxygooner says:

        Did you offer him a Messi that he refused?
        He is simply not getting the support needed.
        Ozil was a panic buy by the owner.

  2. fred cowardly says:

    Would be nice but knowing Wenger we may get Smalling.

    Also don’t expect a DM or top striker. If we don’t get a DM, it may be worth trying Chambers in that position once Koscielny and Debuchy return

    1. Skandalouz says:

      Well it may sound a bit weird but Smalling was one of the best players on the pitch at Arsenal v Man U. I’d take Smalling over either Mertesacker (in current form) or Monreal all day any day.

      Fabian Schar would be the perfect signing for us, the club should absolutely snap on him as soon as possible!

  3. ronniec says:

    Can we get Schar from a bargain deal?

  4. Greg says:

    Very good centre back! I like this guy a lot! He is quick, solid, No nonsense and very strong in the air at defending set pieces! Fabian schar would definitely be welcomed by this “gooner”! Coyg!

  5. henry12 says:

    “You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

  6. henry12 says:

    On topic: I like Schar but I another center-back I would like to try and get is Niklas Sule. He’s only 18 and plays for Hoffenheim.

  7. Gunner Mac says:

    Forget these youngsters. Arsenal should have bought either Ezequiel Garay or Federico Fernandez in the summer. Both played for Argentina in the World Cup in a team that conceded just 4 goals and only one in the knockout stages against Germany in the Final. A team that put 7 past Brazil. Garay went to Zenit for £15m in the summer and you cannot tell me that Arsenal could not compete with them or that he isn’t worth £15m. Fernandez went to Swansea who are not doing badly at all. The defense is naïve, how does a 20yo fix that problem ?

  8. Gunner Mac says:

    Sorry 22yo but the argument still stands. Totally unsuitable.

  9. fred cowardly says:

    We have 10 games until the transfer window opens. Until then use Chambers as CB and Bellerin as RB. Monreal is good as a LB but not as CB.

    Need to give more playing time to Bellerin, Podolski, Campbell and Rosicky

    1. Wonder says:

      Monreal looks better than Martesacker. I would play Chambers and Moreal at centre back instead!

  10. mobaygunner says:

    Ok…so I been reading and everybody want camble and podolski.. oh and tomas 7….me personally I love tomas and he’s the only play out those 3 I think can improve us…why?..cuz I seen him done it plenty of time…camble?..unlike everybody else for me he’s not the answer average world cup (1 goal)..1 good game again man u..and know he’s the answer?..ok whatever……….podolski how long he been here?..come on he needs to go…let him go take selfi somewhere else

  11. Hafiz Rahman says:

    Bargain Bargain Bargain….

    why cant we just pay the asking price and sign some quality centrebacks…..

    we have 2 billionaires…..

    1. stubill says:

      Do you know anything abut the club, or FF?

      1. stubill says:

        I should elaborate, it doesn’t matter how many billionaires the club have as shareholders (not directors) under FFP the days of spend, spend, spend are over.

        Alisher Usmanov has already said he won’t (even if allowed) spend on the club while he is denied a seat on the board.

        Arsenal under the current directors and management are a busted flush I’m afraid.

        Wenger has always said he will go if he feels he hasn’t achieved what he thought was acceptable, the problem is, he’s never said what was, or wasn’t acceptable!

        I’ve always stood by him, but I honestly think it’s time for change, his one dimensional tactics have been figured out and exploited this season, as well as his stubborn attitude and inability to see what everyone else can see has seen Arsenal fail in numerous games, that in reality, they should have won.

        He’s got a lose, lose situation on his hands now, if he says the players are naive and not following direction he’s weak, if he’s getting the tactics wrong, he’s ineffectual, either way it’s not good.

        The only way he can stay is if the senior players stand up to him and make him change his views (not going to happen), or he admits he’s got it wrong and change beyond all recognition (very unlikely).

        Watching my team go backwards this season hurts, I’ve invested God knows how many thousands of pounds on season tickets and travel over the past 40+ years, plus the emotional turmoil involved to let me sit back and say nothing, the Shareholder meeting was a joke, the questions were obviously selected by the board to make life easy for them, none of the real issues were addressed, just a lot of soft soaping for the hard of thinking.

        Arsene Wenger is too comfortable in his position, he needs to step aside for a younger, hungry and ambitious manager who will challenge the Board of directors, and demand results from the players.

        Apologies if this is a bit of a ramle, but I’ve downed hald a bottle of Scotch while tying it, it’s the only way to cope these days lol.

        1. goonergaz2000 says:

          Yes I totally agree I’ve been going since the late sixties.I feel your pain and was very well put by the way.

    2. Wonder says:

      Do you know what bargain mean in this context? It dos not necessarily means we are negotiating downwards!

  12. Gunner Mac says:

    Bargain or not Arsenal have no need for an inexperienced defender. They need a leader to organise the rest of the defence. I would have thought that this was as obvious as it gets.

  13. Pottonman says:

    I always worry when I hear the word bargain and Wenger in the same blog. Moreal & Santos where bargains? Don’t expect top quality players to arrive. Very rarely does a quality player move in the January window unless their contract is coming to an end? In this case thou I think a bargain defender is the answer. My logic is this, if Wenger was to leave at the end of the season the new manager could buy the players he wants, The board would be more understanding in releasing funds and better players always move in the closed season. For this to happen it will depend on where we finish, out of the champions league I think Wenger will be in trouble, sixth or below he will be out of the door – hopefully.

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