When Arsenal were being heavily linked with the Southampton and France international star Morgan Schneiderlin last summer, it was not just the south coast club that was trying to stop the transfer from happening, because Mauricio Pochettino also wanted the player to follow him from St. Marys to White Hart Lane.
Maybe we should be glad that the Saints were so stubborn because Schneiderlin may have been convinced that his former boss could get Tottenham back amongst the elite clubs in Europe. Another season of disappointment for the spuds down the road, however, has been enough to convince Schneiderlin to snub Spurs and choose the Gunners for his transfer move this summer, according to a report by The Telegraph. It is funny that he does not seem to be too keen on playing in the Europa League as well, stating that he would rather stay where he was.
The 25-year old said, “I think my decision is made. If I leave Southampton it is for a club that plays better than Europa League.
“The Champions League is my goal and if I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League.
“I have to give myself every chance of playing in the European Championships next year.
“The goal is to stay in England. I know the league and it is a lot of fun.”
So a Premier League club in the Champions League then? There are others, of course, but it is the Gunners that have been chasing Schneiderlin for over a year now and he does seem perfect for our team. However, I wonder if the central midfielder is getting a bit concerned about the recent Arsenal transfer rumours claiming that Arsene Wenger has already agreed the transfer of the Chile international Arturo Vidal from the Italian champions Juventus.
Which of these two would you prefer Gooners?