What would Pochettino leaving mean for Schneiderlein's future?

Southampton Football Club

Arsenal should be hoping Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino makes good on his threat to quit the club.

He’s stated that if Nicola Cortese resigns as executive chairman of the club then he will have no choice to leave at the same time, leaving Southampton in a poor position which Arsenal can take advantage of.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for the £10 million rated midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin who has been one of the stand out performers for the Saints in their first season back in the Premier League.

Pochettino is undoubtedly a very astute manager and someone who seems to be very passionate about protecting his players from the wrath of the bigger sides, like the Gunners, coming in and trying to poach them away.

If he leaves at the end of the season it will leave the club without someone to stick up for the squad, especially if an appointment hasn’t been made by the time the summer transfer window opens.

Schneiderlin is definitely a player who could add to the current crop of Arsenal midfielders and his numbers from the season so far have been very good; five goals and an assist from 35 games.

That may not sound impressive but when you consider he’s more a holding player in any midfield, he seems to have timed the majority of his runs forward in perfect fashion.

It’s the ratio of games which is likely to impress Arsene Wenger more than anything because it shows he can stay fit and it shows he is a consistent midfield player.

All Arsenal want at the moment is consistency and a good work ethic as they seek to capitalise on finishing in the top four or make up for losing that place to Spurs on the final day of the season this weekend.

The only thing which could make it difficult for the Gunners to get their hands on Schneiderlin is the risk that the Saints could effectively shut up shop if both Cortese and Pochettino leave the club.

It will leave the backrooms of Southampton, effectively with their heart ripped out and now stable spine down the running of the club.

As much as Arsenal may want to jump in and work that to their advantage, the sensible thing for Southampton to do would be to not do any business while they don’t have a permanent manager in place.

Southampton are a very respectable and well established club, which should be in the Premier League for many years to come so there is only a slim chance they will shoot themselves in the foot.

Pochettino leaving does give Arsenal a better chance of snatching Schneiderlin and Wenger is not naïve enough to pass that up.

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