It’s obvious to Arsenal fans and everyone who enjoys the game of football that Arsenal need to bolster their defensive midfield section due to the somewhat woeful performance portrayed by Mikel Arteta who mostly marshalled that position for the most part of last season, with many suggesting his aging legs are beginning to get the best of his pace.
This has placed manager Arsene Wenger in a hunt to find a worthy replacement for the position, that has been vulnerable in recent time coming on the back of heavy defeats suffered last season in the hands of Liverpool (5 – 1), Manchester City (6 – 0) and Chelsea (6 – 0). A defeat I’m sure every Arsenal fan will want to forget in a hurry.
Arsenal had reportedly launched a bid for Southampton’s defensive midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, but the deal was rejected by the club’s new manager Ronald Koeman who clearly stated, “we are not ready to sell a club”.
The Gunners had earlier tabled a bid for versatile 27-year-old midfielder – Sami Khedira who had a rather short season filled with injuries for the Los Blancos outfit but also played a stellar role for Germany in winning the just concluded Fifa 2014 world cup in Brazil. But the player’s high wage demand seems to be currently frustrating the deal with Wenger said to be seriously considering other defensive midfield options available on his wish-list.
Schneiderlin has been closely trailed by the Gunners over the last two seasons since Southampton were promoted to the Premier League.
But the Saints want to play hardball over anymore deal following the departures of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert this summer, as well as former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
It is an exodus that has encouraged others to consider their options and Schneiderlin went public last month with his eagerness to try a new challenge.
“I’ve been there for a long time now,” said Schneiderlin when asked about his future. “We’ll see how things go, but the directors know my position and what my intentions are.
“Everyone has ambitions; everyone has his own future in his hands, so we’ll see. Every player wants to play on big occasions.”
But recent reports according to Goal are suggesting that Arsenal have re-opened talks with the Saints over a possible move for the player as Wenger has identified the France international to fill the midfield anchorman role at Emirates Stadium next season.
Although a lot has been said over Arsenal’s interest in Khedira but the truth is, Schneiderlin is also equal to the task and is even a more naturally defensive minded midfielder than Khedira and will fit in nicely coming on the back of a successful stint in the Premier league last season with the Saints.