Arsenal Transfer News: Morgan Schneiderlin and Calum Chambers Ideal for Gunners

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Arsenal Transfer News: Morgan Schneiderlin and Calum Chambers Ideal for Gunners
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Morgan Schneiderlin is tempted by a move to the Emirates.

Exciting Southampton duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Calum Chambers could well be on their way to Arsenal in the summer transfer window in a move guaranteed to intrigue the Gunners' faithful.

James Olley of The Independent understands that Bacary Sagna is not keen to accept the North London side's new contract offer of £75,000 per week for two years and instead is holding out for three.

At 31 years of age, it's unlikely Arsene Wenger will sanction such a move, especially given the emergence of talent such as Chambers.

Although the 19-year-old has only recently signed a four-year deal at St. Mary's, an offer in the region of £10 million should be enough to tempt the south coast side to do business.

Schneiderlin has issued a "come-and-get-me" plea to the Gunners. According to Jamie Sanderson of Metro, the midfielder told French media:

It is my dream to one day play at a great club. Arsenal?

I have a three year contract, so it will not be easy. It’s my dream to one day play at a great club though – so why not?

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino will surely be loath to lose two of the best players from his vibrant young side, noted for its expansive style of football.

However, the path from the south coast to North London is a well worn and successful one, with both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain already benefiting from making the switch.

England U19 captain Chambers could be next on the conveyor belt, and his skill set is certain to get the supporters at the Emirates on their feet.

Unusually tall for a wing back at 6'0", he is deceptively quick for a big man and will provide pace and width to support a free-flowing attack.

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Calum Chambers brings a physical presence to complement his footballing ability.

A 79.1 percent pass completion rate, per WhoScored.com, is better than Kieran Gibbs on the opposite flank and is indicative of a defender comfortable in possession of the football; a trait coveted by Wenger.

Schneiderlin is valued at a slightly more expensive £15 million, but Wenger is in need of a classy defensive midfielder to give competition to, and cover for, Jack Wilshere.

Wilshere is noted for his own passing ability in this Arsenal side, but his 86 percent completion success rate, per WhoScored, is not in the same bracket as Schneiderlin's 88.7 percent.

Like Wilshere, the Southampton man isn't afraid to put his foot in where it hurts.

An average of 3.8 tackles per game compares more than favourably to Wilshere's 1.3, so whilst £15 million may at first appear a little on the expensive side, it will be money well spent. 

Despite being left out of the France side by Didier Deschamps for their recent friendly games, Pochettino was effusive in his praise for the player. He told the Southern Daily Echo (via Danielle Joynson of SportsMole):

I would actually invite the France national manager to come and see him direct as I think he has the skill and the quality to play with the France side and hopefully that will happen.

I would be very pleased for him if that did happen.

Clearly, the acquisition of both Chambers and Schneiderlin will enhance Arsenal's claims for a genuine Premier League title tilt during next season.

Both have the right blend of youth, experience, talent and work ethic to fit into the template that Arsene Wenger prefers.

Perhaps just as importantly, both also provide a noted physical presence, essential in ridding the Gunners of their supposed "soft core."  

Time to prise open the wallet, Arsene.

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