We have been repeatedly linked with Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in recent windows, but the Frenchman isn’t Arsene Wenger’s first choice transfer target this summer, according to The Telegraph.
Schneiderlin has been superb yet again for the Saints, and has proved instrumental in what has been a fantastic first season under Ronald Koeman. He is Premier League proven, still has his best years ahead of him at just 25, and looks to be exactly the type of player we need.
Despite all that however, he may be Wenger’s third choice this summer, with The Telegraph claiming the boss would rather bring Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan or PSG’s Yohan Cabaye to the Emirates.
Gundogan and Cabaye are both excellent players, although they are arguably not what we need this summer. As we have seen since the emergence of Francis Coquelin, we are in need of a different type of player at the base of midfield.
We have plenty of creative box-to-box and central midfielders already, so it seems strange that Wenger would prioritise signing more players in the same vein rather than someone more like Schneiderlin.
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The French international is primarily a defensive midfielder, although he has operated as a box-to-box man when deployed alongside Victor Wanyama. Gundogan is slightly more versatile, capable of playing as a deep lying playmaker, a box-to-box midfielder, or as a more attack minded midfielder. Cabaye is almost exclusively a deep lying playmaker, and he lacks the agility and defensive qualities of someone like Schneiderlin.
Defensive stability seems more important at this moment in time, but it’s impossible to predict which player – if any – Wenger will target this summer.