Arsenal will take on high flying Saints on Wednesday night at the Emirates and have somewhat been handed a boost going into the clash.
Southampton will be without midfield marshal, Morgan Schneiderlin, for Wednesday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal at the Emirates, in what will be a massive upper hand to Arsenal to get a much needed win over the Saints.
The 24-year old star was solid for Ronald Koeman’s side on Sunday against City, playing the first 45 minutes of the game but could not turn up in the second half in what was suspected to be an injury. Schneiderlin had been very commanding for the saints in the first period of the game, having clipped a wonderfully lofted ball into the path of Graziano Pelle though the Italian was sluggish in taking advantage.
With Saints to face the real big hitters in the coming weeks having enjoyed an easier ride against less fancied opponents, injuries to key players will be seen as an ominous sign of a possible slide from their exalted place on the table, already slipping one place to third after facing City and with a player as core to their pressing game as Schneiderlin is, it is sure to be a boost to the teams which come up against them in the weeks ahead, with Arsenal poised to take full advantage in the midweek encounter.
He’s one of the most coveted midfield stars in the Premier League and even Wenger is looking at bringing him to the Emirates in January. Schneiderlin has re-adjusted to the Saints cause this season after previously expressing his frustration at not being let to make a move to a bigger club in the summer. This injury works in Arsenal’s favour for sure, but it could also be that the Frenchman avoid to play the team he could be joining in the winter window, provided Wenger takes the initiative to make the approach in January as the player is still believed to be interested in a move.
There is every reason for Schneiderlin’s unavailability to be ring as good news to Wenger as his imposing displays this season for the Saints could only be placed second in the League 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 would be looking to set his midfield up in a way that will take advantage of the uncertainty that surrounds Wanyama’s games at times, even if it appears that we may have our own defensive midfielder, Mattiue Flamini, turning up as a left-back.
Perhaps, it would be a missed opportunity to have a greater assessment of his qualities in a a big game but having seen him command and control time and again this season – even before at the Emirates in the League Cup – it is certainly good news that he won’t be available on Wednesday.
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