Southampton’s midfield marshal, Morgan Schneiderlin, has still declared his desire for a move away from the St. Mary’s, handing Wenger a massive boost.
Schneiderlin, who only turned 25 last Saturday, has been part of Ronald Koeman’s superb team this season who currently seat at a comfortable 2nd place behind Chelsea by just two points and are looking a more dangerous team to face after every seamless win. Schneiderlin has been an ever present for the Saints with 3 goals, starring in all of their games so far, including a commanding performance in the victory over Arsenal in the League Cup in September.
Despite these early achievements, the ambitious midfielder still believes his future lies away from the St. Mary’s.
“If someone had told me at the end of the transfer window that Southampton would be second, I would not have believed it” Schneiderlin said.
“A career passes quickly and I want to play for a big club. Today, I am at Southampton, we are second in the Premier League, it’s going well”
“We’ll see at the end of the season if [a transfer] will happen. If we have qualified for the Champions League, I will make a choice”
Southampton, against his wish, were dogged in their resolve not to let go of Schneidrelin after witnessing the departure of fellow teammates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw to bigger English clubs, including former manager Mauricio Pochettino. Frustrated, though, he was at the refusal to let him leave, Schneiderlin has re-settled into the St. Mary’s this season, being even more influential in the Saints flying start this season under new manager Ronald Koeman. But it doesn’t appears he may have gone past the idea of leaving the club, giving Wenger significant ammunition to test his commitment as well as Southampton’s resolve with an audacious and tempting offer in the winter.
There is every reason for Schneiderlin’s availability to be ring as good news to Wenger as his imposing displays this season for the Saints could only be placed second to Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic. Imperious in the middle of the park as a holding player, he has now added more goals to his game this term showing an excellent technical side of his game. Wenger now believes he is the perfect man to feel the burning hole in our midfield, adding much needed physicality to the team.
Schneiderlin appears to be the most solid option amongst all mooted about as possible acquisitions in the defensive midfield role. He has the sufficient experience of the Premier League, closer to his peak than Carvalho and is arguably very hungry for more success than the likes of Khedira. He must be sensing a chance to get a permanent role in the French National Team, with Cabaye not playing regularly for his club at PSG. A move to a top club will gain him more attention from Didier Deschamps, no less one managed by fellow Frenchman Arsene Wenger.
Schneiderlin still has great ambitions for his career, having made it to the French squad for the World Cup by gaining the meat off some other’s poison. He wants to play in the Champions League and a January move will guarantee him just that.
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