Its been 36 days since the transfer window was thrown wide open, and although Arsenal had prior to the World Cup kept their cool in the transfer market, monitoring the performances of their targets all featuring at the competition, a lot has changed over the last few weeks since the end of the competition.
Indeed Arsenal manager – Arsene Wenger himself was heading the scouting process with the Frenchman taking up commentary work for French TV station which meant he had to be there live in Brazil to witness the performances of his targets first hand.
The above theory have been proven as fact as even before the end of the tournament, Wenger had snapped up one of the most outstanding forwards that took part in the competition in the person of Alexis Sanchez. Which was followed by Mathieu Debuchy only 7 days later.
Arsenal however aren’t done yet even after securing the signatures of two more signings in David Ospina and Calum Chambers. Indeed the Arsenal boss has realised that if he must fight for major titles in the new season, he must add not just quality to his squad but depth in other for his team to stand the test fatigue that comes with the Premier league especially half way through the season.
The boss has been adding players in the right department for the team and although he isn’t done yet he may as well have more work to do with the likely departure of his captain Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United this summer.
The Gunners captain was spotted having a nice time with former Arsenal captain, the man with the little boy inside him (Robin van Persie) at a beach while on holiday with many believing that it goes beyond just being a mere coincidence.
Wenger has admitted that he dosen’t know if he will keep a-hold of his Belgian captain. The Prof further hinted that should he decide to exit the Emirates this summer he will bring in a suitable replacement for the 28-year-old.
And although Arsenal have been linked to many likely replacement for Vermaelen. Here is a likely target Wenger could swoop in for!
Schär has quickly risen to the top. He had an impressive World Cup with Switzerland, including an excellent performance against the eventual runners-up, Argentina. He was part of the FC Basel side that reached the Europa League semi-finals in 2013, where they were eventually knocked out by Chelsea.
Next season, FC Basel got their revenge. Schär and co. met Chelsea in the group stages. Basel managed to do the double over the Londoners thanks to their resilient defensive performances, which Schär was at the heart of.
Not only is he defensively excellent, he also has a number of qualities that are key to succeeding at Arsenal. He’s very strong and has an impressive disciplinary record. He would need to work on his passing if he were to join Arsenal, though, as last season he averaged a 77.3% pass completion rate. The 22 year old is already vastly experienced and could be available for as little as £10 million.