According to Daily Star, the Southampton midfielder has opened up on the possibility of him lacing up his boots for Arsenal in the near future; though a January departure from St. Mary’s might be unlikely.
Arsenal fans and ex-palyers, notably Ray Parlour, have continued to wish for Wenger to make a move for the 24-year old as the perfect solution to our defensive midfield woes, and though there is some interest by the club to make a move for him, nothing appears to be concrete as yet. The player is also willing to take the next step in his career, but wouldn’t rush it this time as he had done last summer.
“It’s difficult to leave in January” Schneiderlin said.
“I think I’ll finish the season at Southampton, and we’ll see what will happen next. I don’t set my mind on these things anymore”
“What should happen will happen. Since this summer, I learned that you should never think that you’re gone before you actually did”
That would imply that we may not be able to convince him to the Emirates in January as he would want to show some respect to the Southampton fans. Having made a meal of his desire to move on when other players like Lallana, Lambert, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers got their desired moves, he was prevented from moving, being valued as part of their big plans for this season which has so far worked well for both club and player.
The Saints have maintained their position in the top four at our expense, and going into the second part of the season, it will be his duty to play his part in seeing it to a possible success.
It then means we’d have to wait till the summer to have the chance to sign him; the Saints board would not hold him back as much as they did if a good deal were to be tabled for him, he could then finally get his wish and we a formidable defensive midfielder.
Injuries have played its part in ensuring that Wenger will be keeping an eye on the defensive section of the January market over the course of the coming weeks, as a host of key players remain on the sidelines. While Flamini has a chance to return, as does Ramsey, Arteta, Ozil, Diaby and Wilshere are still all out and the demands of the fixtures to come in the next 5 monhts – with the FA Cup added to the schedule – Wenger needs a squad of players that will be dependable and available at all times.
With their injury records at the moment, neither Arteta nor Flamini could be trusted for a whole season anymore and while we can have good hopes for Coquelin to finally fulfill his potential, the opportunity to finally land the Schneiderlin we’ve long longed for should be exciting, boding well for a better future.
Shame it may not happen now, when we actually have a pressing need for him. Can it really not?
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