There is some very good news for Arsenal fans who are hoping that Morgan Schneiderlin is the player that Arsene Wenger signs in the January transfer window to shore up our fragile midfield. The France international, who was keen to move to a bigger club in the summer, seems to be no keener to remain at St. Mary’s despite their excellent start to the season.
According to a Daily Star report, Ronald Koeman has suffered a major blow in his hopes of holding on to his star player, as the 25-year old has rejected the offer of a new contract with his current club. While this does not put the Saints under massive pressure to sell him quickly, as Schneiderlin’s current deal will still have two years to run at the end of this season, it does increase the chances that they will decide to cash in as his value will continue to fall.
It will still take a hefty fee to prise the central midfielder from the south coast club, as his value to them has only become more obvious in the last couple of weeks. When Schneiderlin picked up his current injury, Southampton were at 0-0 and coping quite well with Man City. Three games later they have no more points on the board and twice the amount of Premier League goals conceded.
But that should also make it clear to Wenger that this player could have a huge and beneficial effect on the Gunners as well. And with Tottenham also apparently preparing to bid for him in January, it could be now or never. Do you think Schneiderlin will become an Arsenal player in the next month or so?