Reports in the papers have it that Arsenal will do something massive in the winter to sign Southampton midfield machine, Morgan Schneiderlin, and what a tide turner that will prove for our season if that happens.
The 25-year old Frenchman has been one of the Premier League’s most talked about players after a successive campaign last season under Mauricio Pochettino, in which he played a commanding role in the Saints 8th place finish. A World Cup summer has surely boosted Schneiderlin’s value and ambitions and it does seem only a matter of time before he leaves the St. Mary’s for a bigger ground.
And if that happens to be the Emirates, it will not only be to his good but it could be the final piece that wins us the juggernaut.
Not in the sense that we will now become title challengers as Chelsea and City still look the better balanced overall. But none of those teams would be as good as they are if they had to rely on a quite reckless Flamini to provide the back four with much needed cover. The 29-year old’s second coming has benefited us only in quantity but certainly not in quality and if the substance of our game is to change going into the second half of the season, whatever massive bid that needs to be made has to be for the Southampton man, who is believed to be quite eager for his move.
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. There won’t be many available for the right price and quality around that the 25-year old Southampton marshal.
Schneiderlin is a hugely-framed ball playing midfielder, who is as good in coordination as in distribution, and it is certainly the kind of defensive midfielder which Wenger is in desperate need of at the moment, as neither his captain Arteta nor Mattieu Flamini are capable of providing the shelter certainly necessary for the Arsenal defence to stand the test of the campaign. Schneiderlin had desired a move from Southampton last summer following the wholesale departures of other members of the first team including Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Rickie Lambert. He may have been convinced to stay on for one more season but with the Saints slide now kicking in, a January escape could be on the cards.
Of course, we’d still have to sign two defenders and get Ozil and Alexis to work well for our season to finish off with any great ovation, but landing Schneiderlin will be the biggest coup of all, especially as signing a midfielder appears to be the most reluctant thing Wenger wants to do in January.
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