Arsenal's solid defensive record this season has been spoiled after they conceded two soft goals to Chelsea at the Emirates, exposing a lack of depth at the centre of their defence. Arsene Wenger's solution may be Austrian international Aleksandar Dragovic, who is arguably the best central defender in Switzerland and has been linked heavily with Arsenal in recent days. talkSPORT's Transfer Spotlight has more...
Name: Aleksandar Dragovic
Date of birth: 6 March 1991
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Club: FC Basel
Honours: Swiss Super League (x2), Swiss Cup (2012), Uhnrencup (2011)
International appearances: 14 (Austria)
What's the latest?
Stylish, strong and certainly full of confidence, Aleksandar Dragovic has excelled in Switzerland since his arrival at Basel in 2011, and his performances haven't gone unnoticed elsewhere. Arsenal are believed to be looking at the Austrian in an attempt to bring more quality into the centre of their defence, but they're sure to face competition, with Valencia also thought to be monitoring his progress. Valued at an estimated €7m, he could be a bargain if either club manages to convince Basel to sell.
Did you know?
1) Born in Austria to Serbian parents, Dragovic has made it clear that he would have preferred to play for the national team of his ancestors, but after Serbia failed to come calling, he opted for his birth nation instead.
2) The defender's Serbian roots run deep. Dragovic has identified Novak Djokovic as his idol, admitted that he's a Red Star Belgrade supporter, and highlights his international debut for Austria against Serbia as the greatest moment in his career to date.
3) Dragovic won the Swiss double in his first season with Basel in 2011/12, claiming both the League title and Swiss Cup. He always played for Bazil in a famous away draw and home win over Manchester United in the Champions League that season.
4) The young defender has been nicknamed 'Drago' in Switzerland, a name that, should he eventually come to England, will surely conjure up images of this man...
5) Dragovic was involved in a controversial incident when celebrating Basel's Swiss Cup win in 2012, after he repeatedly slapped Swiss Federal Councillor Ueli Maurer on his head. The defender refused to apologise initially, claiming he found it "very, very funny", though he was eventually pressured into asking for a pardon in person.
Dragovic was in the starting lineup for Basel's famous 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the Champions League last season...
“We have our own style and system at Basel, and within it I'm very comfortable, but I can certainly improve physically. I have to work at it. I want to keep getting better, so in that sense, it's good that I still have shortcomings.”
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