Arsenal are in pole position to sign FC Basel starlet Fabian Schar, according to talkSPORT.

The 21-year-old defender has been linked with a number of top European clubs - due to the impressive form he has shown for Swiss champions FC Basel since his move from FC Wil to the St. Jakob-Park in July 2012.

Schar's dominant Champions League performance against Chelsea has alerted the attention of Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who is desperate to land the centre-back in January.

Wenger currently has three senior centre-backs at his disposal - with club captain Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker all vying for two first-team spots.

However Vermaelen's future is up in the air, as the defender is currently behind Koscielny and Mertesacker in Arsenal's defensive pecking order.

Schar, who is also said to be a target for European giants Juventus and Borussia Dortmund, is contracted to FC Basel until 2015.

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