Arsenal Blow As £27m-Rated ‘No.1 Target’ Rejects Move – Reports

By on July 29, 2014

Arsenal have been dealt a transfer blow with widespread reports claiming that Morgan Schneiderlin has rejected a move to the Emirates in favour of linking up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham.

Schneiderlin has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this summer as Arsene Wenger looks to bring in a defensive midfielder to replace Mikel Arteta next season.

Reports last week suggested the boss had made the French international his No.1 target after failing to agree a deal for Sami Khedira, and we had supposedly put forward a lucrative contract offer to try and lure the Southampton ace away from St Mary’s.

However, the Telegraph are one of several outlets who are claiming Schneiderlin has turned his back on a switch to the Emirates as he would rather link up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs.

Goal.com’s chief correspondent Wayne Veysey has confirmed the news, saying the midfielder turned down Arsenal as he wanted guaranteed first team football.

It says a lot about a player if he doesn’t have the confidence in his own ability to earn a first team spot rather than being ‘guaranteed’ one, so perhaps we’ve dodged a bullet here.

There was also going to be a problem agreeing a fee with Southampton. Reports claim the South Coast club are demanding £27m for Schneiderlin and there’s no chance Arsene would pay that kind of price.

It will be interesting to see whether Spurs can now get a deal done, with the newspapers suggesting they are due to open talks with the midfielders agent and Southampton today, but it looks like we’ll have to move on to other targets now.

William Carvalho has emerged as a possibility, and there are still rumours suggesting we’ll have another go for Khedira, so we’ll have to see how things develop….


  1. Mick Downer

    July 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Bring Back Song we could get him on the cheap

    • sarah

      July 29, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      we dont need anyone on the cheap .we have loads of unspent transfer budget bring in quality striker

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  3. bertiebloggs

    July 29, 2014 at 9:23 am

    It’s not a blow,it’as not even a story!
    We were never after the £27M rated “No1 target”

    • Christoffer

      July 29, 2014 at 9:32 am

      How do you know? Arsenal is a buying team now.

      • sarah

        July 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

        buying team ? were selling vermearlin monreal jenkinson campbell and maybe santi and podolski and sanogo.
        sanga fabianski and bentner have already gone .
        weve only signed four players .
        weve spent only £66 million of our £ 120 million budget +deals we had available .
        now were knocking down the numbers to save a few quid .
        same old problem waiting to happen if we get a few injuries were knackered ,cause weve let our cover players go for peanuts .
        mind you arsene is going to give girould a nice shiny new contact and no doubt wage increase .

        • Mike

          July 31, 2014 at 6:36 pm

          I bet you’d moan if you won £9.9m on the lottey cos it wasn’t £10m. Get a grip and don’t be so idiotic.

  4. Neal

    July 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

    Goal.com’s chief correspondent is whoever turns the PC on first in the morning.

    Anyway, we can do better than Schneiderlin, and we should.

  5. fgeorge

    July 29, 2014 at 10:07 am

    LOL last week Arsenal fans couldn’t wait for Schneiderlin to arrive and he was the best thing since sliced bread, now because he rejected the move because Arsenal aren’t good enough they don’t want him, get it right, HE doesn’t want YOU

    • Ash

      July 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Doesn’t want CL football?
      Doesn’t want to play for a big club?
      Wants to play for the spuds over us?

      Give me a break! He’d start over Arteta anyday. Enjoy playing FC Sherrif on Channel 5 Morgan.

  6. Anthony Paul

    July 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

    No that’s right, of course that lanky streak of p1ss wouldn’t spend that much on a player. How much did he spend on a pair of off-side eyes?

  7. Trev

    July 29, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Welcome to AFC the home of the dimwitted plastic fans who think they know it all. enough said! LMFAO

    • Mike

      July 29, 2014 at 11:10 am

      A highly intelligent comment – I bet your nickname is Clever Trevor!! One wonders whether your IQ actually makes double figures if that’s all you have to contribute to the debate.


    July 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

    You dirty gooner immigrant runts.

  9. Trev

    July 29, 2014 at 11:44 am

    who rattled your cage? I bet have far more brain cells than you Matey! you obviouly lack intellegence if you believe that all Trevor’s share the same nickname. The fact that the general opinion above is to state that the player is not good enough for your club and wasn’t in fact a target in the first place just shows the lack of intellegence amongst Ars*nal fans!

  10. Ray

    July 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Morgan Schneiderlin is a very good player, trusted by both Southampton and the French National side and coveted by quite a few clubs throughout Europe. Wayne Vasey is incorrect and a snide when he says that the player prefers Spurs over Arsenal because he would be guaranteed a starting roll. In fact he’s the only one to makes that assumption. The fact that Schneiderlin knows Pochettino’s style and approach very well having played for him at Southampton could have swayed his decision if indeed he does join Spurs. He isn’t the first player to snub Arsenal and wont be the last either. Every club has and will continue to be snubbed by players, no big deal, it’s a fact of life just like joining one company over another, life goes on. Fans get too hurt and upset when a player overlooks their club in preference to another. Because it’s Spurs over Arsenal instead of another club touches a nerve for some. Deal with it and move on.

    • Trev

      July 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Spot on Ray!

    • BWSpur

      July 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Couldn’t agree more – most intelligent comment on here by a mile.

  11. Mohammed zakaria

    July 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Let us try n get dmf, before is too late.

  12. jib

    July 29, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    morgan is right cos he thought his ability is not up to arsenal standart that he can not get required games at arsenal, so spur is an alternative.

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