It seems to me as though Arsenal are being punished for their failure to push on and make a real concerted effort to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton during the summer transfer window. The France international has not only pushed on with his personal performances, but he has led Southampton to the sort of results that Arsene Wenger and the Gunners can only dream of at the minute.
And it looks like the Arsenal boss may have realised his mistake, with The Mirror reporting that Wenger is planning to go back for the Southampton star in the January transfer window.
Schneiderlin has added goals to his excellent all-round game and I cannot help but think how much different our start to the season would have been had Wenger signed the 24-year old central midfielder in the summer, especially as both Arteta and Flamini have been injured already. For one thing, we might not have been knocked out of the Capital One Cup by the Saints.
Schneiderlin, for me, has all the qualities of Arsenal’s current two deep lying midfielders all rolled into one, with a better energy and work rate to boot. And although we have been strongly linked with Sami Khedira from Real Madrid, the fact that Schneiderlin is already well versed in the Premier League means that he should be the number one target.
But would he solve Arsenal’s problems?