Morgan Schneiderlin, The final piece to Wenger’s gig-saw puzzle.
Hot new gist has it that Arsene Wenger has some real good money to spend in January, and apart from the obvious addition which he is going to make – a defender – Le Prof has earmarked one Frenchman as his top target for a £25m splash. His name…
The 24-year old midfielder was held onto by Southampton this summer, against his wish, 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. It appears he may finally have gone past the idea of leaving the club, but Wenger is ready to test his commitment as well as Southampton’s resolve with an audacious and tempting offer in the winter.
The Gunners boss has been left star struck by Schneiderlin’s imposing displays this season, which has been quite a sensational rise from his moderately impressive form of 12 months ago. 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 which Robert Pires has bemoaned as the one thing we’ve lacked in comparison to the Invincibles of 2004.
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.
Perhaps Southampton did him (and us) a favour in the summer by turning down Tottenham’s offer for him (can’t believe his just 24!). 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.
As with Yohan Cabaye last season, Schneiderlin could still show a desire to move on despite deciding to stay on after an initial interest on him. He fits our profile, and we fit his. It will be important that we are still in the Champions League by that time as well as a good position in the League (necessarily, above them) so as to give him good points with which to argue a case for departure when summoned to the upper room. The Saints will fight tooth and nail to fend off any requests in January, but we must make the necessary enquiry, and force the issue.
Morgan’s that man!
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