Morgan Schneiderlin is the right man for Arsenal

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Skill, pace, finishing, vision, creativity and depth. These are some of the many impressive attributes of the players that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has at his disposal. But there is one piece missing from the Frenchman's puzzle.

Ever since the departure of one of the 'invincibles' - Gilberto Silva - in the summer of 2008, Wenger has failed to find a midfielder of Silva's solidarity and commanding ability.

If the Gunners solve this problem, then it will surely allow influential midfielders Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil to make more runs forward. Breaking up play in the midfield is not any of these players strengths and signing a new defensive midfielder should allow them to do more of what they are best at, attacking.

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Who is available? 

The Gunners have strongly been linked with Real Madrid's World Cup winner, Sami Khedira. However, the move has seemed to have fallen through due to Khedira's large wage demands. Despite some being disappointed at the failure to land someone of the capability of Khedira, the failed move could well be a blessing in disguise.

During the 2012/13 La Liga season, Khedira only won an average of 1.86 tackles per game, compared to the likes of Lars Bender (3.34 per game) and Morgan Schneiderlin (2.83 per game) (both 2013/14 season). In addition, Khedira only completed an average of one clearance per game, whereas Bender completed 1.79 and Scnheiderlin boasted an average of 1.55 per match.

What Arsenal really need is someone who is willing to sit in front of the back four and control the midfield, breaking up play in the process. It would surely allow the north London club to be more efficient and balanced in their all-round play.

Khedira is unquestionably a superb midfielder but at the same time is not a player that Arsenal are craving, despite his big name status and his already vast experience at winning trophies.

With the deal for Khedira likely to collapse, that leaves Bender and Schneiderlin as arguably the best options that Arsenal can go with for a position they have been craving to fill ever since the somewhat surprising departure of Silva.

Bender expense 

Yet although the deep lying ability of Bender is undisputed, he is likely to be the more expensive option and, as usual with most foreign players arriving in the Premier League, it may take time for the German to settle in the high demands of the Premier League.

This is something that will not be a problem for the impressive Schneiderlin, however. Bought from Strasbourg as a raw 18-year-old, the Frenchman quickly developed into a calm, assuring and reliable midfielder for Southampton during the club's remarkable rise to the status of an established Premier League club from the depths of League 1 in only a few seasons. It was in the Premier League however, where he has made his biggest impression yet. 


During his time in the top flight of English football, Scnheiderlin has made more tackles and interceptions (466) than any other player in the last two Premier League seasons. His ability to command and dictate play, while at the same time making crucial tackles for his team, have lead him to be one of the most sought-after players in England.

In his first season in the Premier League, Schneiderlin won both the players' and the Southampton fans' player of the season award, achieving a highly impressive 68.6% of the vote. It underlines the importance of the Frenchman to the Saints, even more so after the summer departures of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, with centre-back Dejan Lovren also rumoured to be wanting out.

What's more, in his first season in the Premier League, Scnheiderlin had the best tackle per game ratio out of anyone in the league after winning 119 challenges in 28 games, as well as winning back possession 193 times.

Yet his tackling ins't the only part of his game that has lead him to be so influential either. His passing ability is up there with the very best in the league. In his debut season, the Frenchman averaged a pass per minute, racking up 1470 passes with an outstanding average of 83.27% passes completed. This more than fits in to the Arsenal mould.

What Schneiderlin offers for Arsenal is fantastic organisation, tackling ability, stamina and the ability to control the game at ease. And at the age of 24, he may well get even better.

If that's not enough, Schneiderlin has barely any history of injures, which has become a recurring problem at the Emirates over the past few seasons, and he is capable of scoring the odd goal from time to time, which is always a bonus for a defensive midfielder. 

The Southampton man is also likely to be cheap and fantastic value for money. He has Premier League and World Cup experience, which for a 24 year old in his position is rare indeed.

It remains to be seen whether or not Arsene Wenger will go for Morgan Scnheiderlin. 

If he does however, it could be the signing that sparks a period of much success for Arsenal in years to come. 

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