Arsenal have done some excellent business this summer by signing a speed demon and replacing Sagna with a better player – if the France national coach Didier Deschamps’s selections are anything to go by anyway.
But we have been crying out, screaming, banging our fists in frustration for years about Arsenal’s need for a commanding central midfielder – an altruistic holding man who let’s the flair players take the headlines while he does the dirty work.
We all hoped, for Arsenal’s sake, that this man would be Sami Khedira. Of course a deal could still happen.
But we instinctively feel that whenever crazy money is suggested, in terms of fees and salaries, that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger recoils in horror.
All power to the man. He may not please the Arsenal faithful with his prudence but he’s a man of principal who refuses to help the market get even more over inflated.
So the Hollywood signing, Khedira, may not happen. And reports late last night suggest that Arsenal may have returned their sights to a slightly cheaper alternative.
The Daily Mail says:
Arsenal will consider reviving interest in Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin should Sami Khedira opt to open talks with Real Madrid over a new contract.
At 24 he’s already played 231 games for Southampton since joining in 2008 and has recently forced his way in the French squad, getting game time at The World Cup no less.
While he doesn’t quite have the engine of Khedira (who does?) he is a player with lovely technique great positional sense and a team ethic – he won’t let anyone down.
So while Sami would be a lovely choice, Arsenal fans shouldn’t be too disappointed if Arsene makes Morgan his No.1 priority for midfield this summer.
Let’s see him in action. Arsenal fans: could Schneiderlin plug that long-term hole in the midfield?