Given the number of star players that have passed through Arsenal, it is safe to say that the scouts at Arsenal have been doing a great job.
Arsenal star midfielder Mohamed Elneny has revealed that Arsenal had interest in his former Basel team mate Fabian Schar before he was spotted and signed.
Arsenal sent scouts to look at Schar with a view to a transfer and it was on one of these scouting missions that the Gunners noticed Elneny’s potential.
Elneny has settled in well since his £5 million move to Arsenal, but he said he accidentally hijacked Schar’s potential move to the Emirates.
‘I was very happy when I joined Arsenal but I asked one of my friends how the negotiations started and if they had scouted me before,’ Elneny told DMC Sports.
‘He told me that Arsenal officials were scouting Fabian Schar in the first place, and that’s when they noticed me.
‘All of us at Basel knew that Schar was linked with Arsenal.
‘And at the season’s end, we congratulated him as the move was close to completion, according to Schar himself.
‘But afterwards, things changed quickly.
‘My agent told me that Arsenal officials came many times to watch Schar but they were impressed every time by my performances and development and they went on to sign me instead.’
Schar went on to sign for German club Hoffenheim and has been linked with a move to Liverpool after an impressive debut season in the Bundesliga.