Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is keen to bolster his team with the acquisitions of two players who were part of France’s provisional World Cup squad: Southampton’s defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and Lyon’s attacking midfielder Clement Grenier.
This is according to the Express, who cite reports in France as claiming Wenger is keen to sign the French duo in order to provide ideal competition for the Gunners’ current batch of midfielders.
Schneiderlin, who has become one of the most consistent midfielders in the Premier League, will be in Brazil for this summer’s World Cup finals - which get underway on Thursday - after Grenier was forced to pull out of the France squad with a thigh injury. Although the Southampton star has stayed loyal to Southampton since 2008, the 24-year-old could be lured away from St. Mary’s following the departure of respected head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who left the south-coast club for Tottenham last month.
Grenier, meanwhile, has been identified by Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew as a potential replacement for Yohan Cabaye, who left a huge void at St James’ Park following his January move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain. The 23-year-old scored four goals in 28 Ligue 1 appearances last season and is widely regarded as one of Lyon’s most promising players.
At 23, though, he may feel the time is right for the step up to the Premier League - and to Arsenal, a club who have consistently managed to get the best out of French players under the tutelage or Wenger, who recently signed a three-year contract extension with the Gunners.