Arsenal will reportedly face a transfer tussle with Napoli for the signature of Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin, according to reports in Mirror.
The 25 year old has been hugely impressive in the Premier League over the last two seasons and has also been selected for France’s provisional World Cup squad.
The Gunners have been long admirers of Schneiderlin, with the club having followed the his progress at Southampton for some time now.
However if the North London club are to get the upper hand in this ongoing transfer battle they will have to act fast, with Rafa Benitez’s Napoli said to be looking into the possibility of making a bid for the player following the Italian side’s qualification for next season’s Champions League.
The defensive midfielder joined Southampton as an 18 year old from Strasbourg back in 2008 and has been a key member in the Saint’s rise from League One. He has managed to feature in 33 Premier League games for the high-flying South Hampshire side this season, finding the back of the net on two occasions and assisting one. However it will be difficult to lure him from Saint Mary’s, having just signed a new long-term deal last year that’ll keep him at the club till 2017.
He is one of the best examples of consistency and has unquestionable work ethic. In fact last season he made the most tackles and highest interceptions in the entire Premier League and has also been credited with the highest work rate. His calming influence in front of the defensive four of Southampton was a big factor behind their good position in the League.
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The Gunners did very well this season but they just didn’t have the depth to maintain their challenge for the title, as championship winning teams need a bit of extra steel in midfield. Whenever the Gunners faced title contenders away from home they have been not only beaten but blown away by their opposition.
Mikel Arteta has served the club incredibly well, but it is no secret that he is growing older. The Spaniard controls the game incredibly well, but he is not a natural defensive midfielder and the fact that he is growing older means that the Gunners needs to invest in a replacement.
Flamini is one option there, but there are no real backups in that position if you discount Arteta, so Schneiderlin looks to be the perfect answer to Arsenal’s defensive midfield problems. It’s highly unlikely that he will come on the cheap, but with his best years in front of him, it would be the right move to splash the cash on him.
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