Arsenal has been linked this summer to a host of players more than any other summer in the recent past. This cannot be totally dissociated from the new wave of financial liberty the club is currently enjoying. Continually, in the past few days, Arsenal had been mentioned in the transfer rumour and gossip sections of tabloids and blogs, in the way of a double swoop on Morgan Schneiderlin and Calum Chambers. Reports say the North London club is keen on bringing these two Southampton outstanding performers to the Emirates in deals estimated to be around £43m (£16m for Chambers and £27m for Schneiderlin).
While the deal is said to be already done for the signature of Calum Chambers, as reports of him having passed a medical at Arsenal broke in the early hours of Saturday, the interest in Morgan Schneiderlin is something still on the pages of newspapers and blogs despite rumours that the Saints are holding out for £27m. It’s yet to be seen if Arsenal will back that interest up with a serious move of intent. Of the two potential signings, referred to here as a complex (which by the way means, some emotions, wish, perceptions in a common theme), one would easily desire the Morgan part of the complex, obviously due to the Gunners need of a traditional holding midfielder. However, the Chambers part of the complex sounds more likely to see the light of the day. It may not seem right for Arsenal to do business for another right back after the acquisition of Debuchy’s service at that position and the presence of an ‘’able’’ deputy in Carl Jenkinson.
Arsenal no doubt is endowed in the midfield with players like Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, Coquelin and Abou Diaby but none is truly a traditional holding defensive midfielder or better put, a player in the frame of a traditional midfielder, and this summer, the manager, from links to players, is keen to add some defensive cover to his defense line with Sami Khedira, William Carvalho and Morgan Schneiderlin being linked continuously. Therefore, one wouldn’t be too far from the reality to say a traditional holding or defensive midfielder is on his way to Arsenal. Whether Morgan Schneiderlin would be the ‘’chosen one’’ here is left to be seen. The Southampton player of the season would in no small measure appear a very strong signing for the Gunners who are out to prove that they can compete both on the field and off it in the transfer market. The 5’11ft player established himself especially last season as one of the best DM in the English Premier League with great number of tackles and interceptions. Even though not an excellent passer of the ball, he may not have to add that quality for a move to the Emirates to happen because Arsenal’s midfield is that much blessed.
Chambers on the other hand, though very young has proven to be a good asset, for his ability to play more than the Right Back role he played at for Southampton last season. He is said to have played in the Center Back and attacking midfield positions in his Southampton Academy days. If reports of his successful medical at Arsenal is anything to go by, then a move away for Carl Jenkinson either in the mould of a loan deal or an outright sale is imminent.
Fingers are crossed to see if the Morgan-Chambers complex would be a feature at the Emirates comes August.