Player turned pundit Jamie Carragher has criticised our transfer activity this summer, claiming we should have tried harder to beat Manchester United to the signing of Morgan Schneiderlin, as reported by Sky Sports.
The Frenchman made the big money move to Old Trafford recently, and has looked a solid acquisition so far. Carragher claims he would have been the perfect signing for us, and would have given us the squad we need to challenge for the title.
“I look at Morgan Schneiderlin, to be honest, and think if I were an Arsenal fan, I would have liked him to have come to the club,” Carragher said.
“Francis Coquelin was a revelation in the second half of last season, but we do not know if he can quite continue that over the coming years. And who would play if he was out?”
“And I just think that Schneiderlin would have offered Arsenal a massive physical presence – like Nemanja Matic for Chelsea and Yaya Toure for Manchester City – and you look over the last few years and Schneiderlin has been exactly that type of player. He gives you that power that Arsenal may lack when trying to win the title this year and that is why they may just fall short, and so that is why he is one who I maybe would have looked at.”
He’s not wrong, as the 25-year-old certainly would have added something to our side. We are currently short in defensive midfield, with Coquelin the only real option we have in that position.
An injury or a dip in form could have catastrophic effects, and could send our season spiralling down the drain. Hopefully Arsene Wenger has another target identified, and moves for him before the end of the transfer window.
The downside of bringing a player like Schneiderlin to the club would be the impact it would have on Coquelin, with both players likely to be unhappy with a place on the bench. It would be harsh to demote the 23-year-old after the superb season he had, so perhaps a back up rather than a replacement should be our aim this summer?