Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has admitted he may leave the club in summer citing desires to play for a big club as the reason.
French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has hinted he may leave Southampton FC in the summer if the club fails to qualify for the Champions League. The France international had looked set for a move away from St Mary’s last summer, only for the club to refuse to let him leave. Schneiderlin has attracted special interest from Arsenal as Wenger is believed to be pursuing the midfielder for a while now.
Southampton have made a very impressive start to the season as the club stands 2nd in the Premier League 4 points behind Chelsea. Despite their superb performance so far, under new manager, Ronald Koeman, Schneiderlin is not entirely convinced with the idea of staying with the club for long-term.
According to reports, the French midfielder revealed his desire to play for a ‘big club’ in an interview on the France Football Federation’s official website.
Schneiderlin said, “A career passes quickly and I want to play for a big club.
“Today I am at Southampton. We are second in the Premier League, it is going well. We’ll see at the end of the season what will happen if we are still in the Champions League places and I will make the choice. I will see with my club.”
Schneiderlin’s revelation will certainly tempt Arsene Wenger to bring the midfielder to the Emirates in the summer. The midfielder’s terrific range of passing, goal-scoring abilities and a dominating presence in the middle of the park makes him an ideal choice for Wenger. Since Patrick Vieira left the club in 2005, Arsenal have not enjoyed the presence of a controlling figure in the midfield and Schneiderlin could be the right choice to fill that void.
The holding midfielder’s incredible stats speak a lot about his quality and abilities. According to whoscored.com, Schneiderlin has a successful passing rate of 89.4% and the midfielder has made around 3.9 tackles per game this season. In the 11 Premier League games Schneiderlin has featured in so far, the Frenchman has made a total of 43 tackles, a figure better only by Nathaniel Clyne (55) and Mile Jedinak (46).
Arsenal have been extensively linked with defensive midfielders for a while now, with Khedira being the closest to making a move to the Gunners. However, Schneiderlin who is 25 right now, looks like a better prospect as the France international is familiar with the English Premier League style of play having spent more than 5 years in the league playing for Southampton.
Schneiderlin should remain a long-term target for Arsenal as the midfielder is clearly open to a move away from the Saints and his on-field presence will certainly boost Arsenal’s play.
Schneiderlin was a part of the French World Cup squad and played the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw against Ecuador for Les Bleus.