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Morgan Schneiderlin wants Arsenal move, and he's perfect for them

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According to The Sunday Times, Morgan Schneiderlin has confessed to his friends that he would prefer to go to Arsenal.

One of his reasons is based on the style of football that the Gunners play; he likes the free-flowing Arsenal way of playing more than the regimented style of Louis van Gaal's Manchester United team.

Schneiderlin's other reasons for preferring Arsenal over their Premier League rivals is the fact that he is based in the south, and would prefer to stay in the south. 

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Does Wenger need him?

Arsene Wenger already has Francis Coquelin and he has emerged as a truly class operator in the specialised position Schneiderlin has occupied so well for Southampton. Wenger has also ensured that he has maintained the services of Mikel Arteta with a new one-year contract, and the Spaniard can also fill-in for Coquelin should it be necessary.

But, good player though Arteta is, he isn't a natural in that position - his use next season would probably be as cover only, as he can no-longer cover the ground quick enough to play that role effectively. He would be doing a job when called upon for the team, but little more.

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So, back to the question - do they need Schneiderlin? The answer to that is yes, or someone else of that caliber, if they really are serious about challenging for the Premier League title.

Done deal?

Talk has been rife on the rumour mill that a deal in principle has already been done between player and club, subject to all parties sorting out terms, and according to reports that's been down to Schneiderlin's people not being flexible on negotiations.

For his part Wenger has reputedly asked for a clear-out of all players not deemed first-team quality or in his plans, specifically to make room for a few top quality additions. He has been eyeing a number of players to fill that specialised defensive-midfield birth in a bid to challenge Coquelin and so strengthen the squad. There is no doubt Schneiderlin would do that.

Alternative option

So, however, would Giannelli Imbula of French club Marseille in Ligue 1. At 22 he's three years younger than Schneiderlin and at around £11million under half the price. Could he prove to be a wiser investment for the canny manager, as we all know he loves a deal?

Imbula has been likened to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira; he is long-legged and eats up the ground to make biting tackles, he is a good reader of the game and a decent passer of the ball, a mandatory requirement of any potential Arsenal purchase. 

The two player rule

The one thing he hasn't got is Premier League experience. As we know, the Premier League requires talent to survive, but it also demands a huge engine. Many talented players without this have come and gone, unable to make the grade.

Could Imbula be one of them? With every transaction it becomes a gamble of sorts; there are no guarantees, unless Wenger ops for a proven Premier League player, someone who has already shone and shown that he can cut it in what is probably the most demanding league in world football. 

Will Wenger take a gamble on Imbula or go with a proven talent like Schneiderlin? It is rumoured that he wants two top, top players to compete for every position on the park.

In goal, he has Petr Cech, and either David Ospina or Wojciech Szczesny competing. At right-back he has Hector Bellerin and Mathieu Debuchy. At left-back Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal. Centre-back Per Mertesacker, Laurent Koscielny, Calum Chambers and Gabriel.

As far as midfield anchormen go he boasts Coquelin and Arteta or perhaps even Mathieu Flamini as well. Link-men include Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey. In the hole it's Mesut Ozil or Jack Wilshere whilst in the wide areas he can call upon Alexis Sanchez or Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain or Tomas Rosicky. Then up top he has Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud.

Strong depth

Looking at the depth of that squad it looks pretty strong, particularly as a lot of those players can cover other positions.

If you were Wenger though you would ideally be looking to add another defence-minded combatant to the squad. He's certainly not short of potential options.

Who would you choose if you were in charge of the Arsenal funds? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.

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