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Arsenal retain interest in Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin

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Arsenal are still interested in Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin despite their refusal to match Manchester United's £20 million bid, reports The Telegraph.

The Red Devils launched the summer's first concrete offer for Schneiderlin but it fell someway short of matching Southampton's £25m asking price.

They are yet to come back with a second offer but have the finances available to offer what the Saints want.

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But Louis van Gaal may not want to wait around too long to make an improved offer as his Premier League rival Arsene Wenger is still interested in bringing the France international to the Emirates Stadium.

It has been widely reported that Arsenal's interest in Schneiderlin has waned since the emergence of Francis Coquelin but reliable journalist Jeremy Wilson says there is still a chance that an offer could be launched.

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Midfield options

Abou Diaby has officially been released by the club and there are significant doubts over the fitness of Mikel Arteta as well as the ability of Mathieu Flamini.

Coquelin has been a terrific asset for the Gunners since he returned from his Charlton loan spell in January and would certainly command a place on the team sheet ahead of both Arteta and Flamini. The problems start if and when Coquelin picks up an injury.

Bidding war

Now Manchester United are interested, Arsenal have a significant problem in that they cannot afford to compete with them on a financial level.

Should Arsenal meet the asking price of £25m, Manchester United could just as easily launch an even bigger offer as well as place a more lucrative contract in front of Schneiderlin.

Wenger can only hope his long-standing interest as well as his living legacy will tempt Schneiderlin to north London over Manchester.

Stocking quality

Having two quality players in every position is not something anyone at Arsenal will be used to. Not since the days of the Invincibles have they had the resources to stockpile talent.

However, the sustain a title challenge across the whole season, Wenger needs quality options to rotate his squad and beyond Coquelin there are no players capable of protecting the back four.

Schneiderlin is one of the best at the role and would drive Coquelin to improve further by adding strong competition for a starting place.

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