Arsenal will sign Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer after Southampton refuse to sell him in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Star.
Arsenal’s need for a defensive midfielder is widely accepted and the Southampton man has been one of the best players in this position in the Premier League over the past two seasons.
The Southampton man’s technical ability and passing range make him ideally suited to add the steal that is missing in the Arsenal midfield while not losing the ability to play out from the back that Mikel Arteta brings to their current midfield.
It was widely speculated that the Southampton man tried to leave the club in the summer but wasn’t allowed to move on due to the amount of other players who left during the mass exodus Southampton faced during over the summer. Schneiderlin even tweeted:
This was reported as being an angry reaction to the Spurs move being scuppered, but since then he has knuckled down and been one of the Premier League’s top performers this season and has even pitched in with three important league goals.
Arsenal have been successful in buying players from the Southampton academy on three occaisons in the last ten years in Theo Walcott, Alex-Oxlade-Chamberlain and Calum Chambers, all of whom have had a degree of success at the club
Although this would be the first time that they have bought a finished article in terms of how far along the player is in their development.
While Francis Coquelin has performed admirably in recent weeks there is no doubt that Arsenal need to upgrade on his position in the team and Schneiderlin could offer them both an immediate and long-term solution for them and form a midfield partnership alongside Aaron Ramsey for years to come.