Why Southampton midfielder would be foolish to snub Arsenal for Spurs

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has reportedly snubbed a move to Arsenal in favour of North London rivals Tottenham.

Schneiderlin, 24, was one of a number of Southampton stars to have an outstanding campaign last season. Yet, most of the other players to do so have already left the South Coast; Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert have all signed for Liverpool, Luke Shaw joined Manchester United whilst right back Calum Chambers completed a switch to Arsenal on Monday.

Now, French international Schneiderlin, who was named in Didier Dechamps' World Cup squad this summer, could also force a move away from the club amidst interest from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur - yet reports suggest that the holding midfielder has snubbed a move to the Gunners.

Of course, it makes some sense to go to Tottenham. He would reunite with his former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane, and an ambitious club like Spurs will be pushing for the top four this season. Throw in that none of the Spurs central midfielders really impressed last season, and it would be logical for him to move there.

However, snubbing interest from Arsenal seems foolish, given the circumstances. Schneiderlin allegedly turned down the move because he didn't think he would get first-team football on a regular basis. Why not? Arsenal have been crying out for a true, bona fide defensive midfielder for some time now, and it's unlikely that stop-gaps such as Mathieu Flamini or Mikel Arteta could keep him out of the line-up.

At just 24, Schneiderlin would clearly have the opportunity to make himself a Gunners hero. A large section of the fans want Schneiderlin to sign, even preferring him over Real Madrid's German international Sami Khedira. The notion that he wouldn't get first-team football seems bizarre and ill-formed, and possibly a front so he can reunite with Pochettino.

If that's the case, then it seems like a huge mistake. Arsenal have strengthened this summer off the back of their FA Cup final win in May, and will now be pushing for the Premier League title again - which can't be said of Spurs at this stage.

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