Arsene Wenger looks to have wrapped up his winter dealings for his campaign but will put Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin at the top of his summer transfer list according to Daily Star.
The January transfer window looks to be drawing to a gradual close now and not many Gooners appear to be crossed with Wenger as he’s apparently done what he was expected to do. Well, some will say he still has not signed that defensive midfielder but more to the issue now is that Francis Coquelin is dragging his feet over a new deal.
The Frenchman’s assumption of the defensive midfield role has put off much of the fire of those agitating for a more renowned player of a higher class, Schneiderlin being most people’s idea of that player.
The 25-year old has been a pillar for Ronald Koeman’s side this season in their quest for Champions League glory but the feeling is that he would still very much be available next summer especially if the Saint’ eventually do not hold on to claim one of the spots amongst Europe’s elite next season.
He is aware there will be a lot of clubs waiting for him at the end of the season, not least Arsenal, and there is good reason to believe that Wenger could woo him to the Emirates next season, especially if Arsenal make it into the Champions League and win a trophy this season, probably the FA Cup.
Wenger has had good dealings with the South Coast club over the years and looks to be on good terms with the bosses at the St. Mary’s, having paid good money for the likes of Walcott, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers, some £42m in total for the three who were teenagers at the time.
That represents Arsenal’s record transfer fee paid for one player, Mesut Ozil, and though Schneiderlin won’t cost that much, he surely will cost more than half of that.
Spurs reportedly bid £10m for him and were turned down but it won’t be beyond Arsenal to pay the estimated £20m the Saints’ will likely be requesting for their coveted midfielder.
At his current age, he blends amongst with the average age of the Gunners’ current team and can form part of a formidable squad with the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, Alexis and Theo Walcott – all under 27 – who can lead Arsenal to finally dominate the Premier league.
He is imperious in the middle of the park as a holding midfielder as was evident against United at Old Trafford and 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.
Coquelin looks like he can see off the season without much competition from Arteta or Flamini. It makes sense that he is given the belief that he will be part of the team, playing him for the rest of this season, and bring in the competition and more motivation in the person of Schneiderlin in the summer.
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