Charlie Nicholas names transfer targets to make Arsenal "the real deal"

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Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal striker Charlie Nicholas believes Arsene Wenger should look at Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane, and Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer transfer window.

"That's who I'd really love Arsenal to get," Nicholas said when talking about Varane. "He’s had a bit of a hard time this season but I think if he was to work with Arsene Wenger he could become one of the best centre-halves in world football - if not the best.”


Varane has played 19 league games so far this season for Real Madrid. Although he has fallen out of favour in Carlo Ancelotti's side, he has shown many times his season that he is a top player. Varane, who turns 22 in late April, still has he best years ahead of him.

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Although he may not walk straight into Wenger's starting XI, the potential of a Varane and Koscielny partnership is mouth-watering for Arsenal fans.


Nicholas also spoke about Arsenal's need for a defensive midfielder. “Arsenal also need protection for the defence. People have mentioned Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko to fill the deep role in midfield, but I don’t think he has enough discipline.

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“Schneiderlin plays with a far more disciplined, controlled velocity, and I think he fits more into the pattern of Arsenal’s play. I’m not saying Francis Coquelin should be dropped immediately if Schneiderlin came in, he’d have to earn his place, but you could even play the two in the same team. That could work in Europe and certain away games in the Premier League.”


Morgan Schneiderlin has been a key player for Southampton this season. Although he has been on Arsenal's radar for a while, this summer could see the highly rated midfielder make the switch to the Emirates.

I think what Nicholas said about Coquelin is perfect. If Schneiderlin comes to the Emirates that does not mean that he will go straight into the first team. Coquelin has been the stand out Premier League player in 2015, and Wenger will not be quick to through Coquelin out of the squad.

The French midfielder is quickly becoming a fan favourite in North London, and has been key to their League and FA Cup success this campaign.

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