The one player Arsenal must sign before the opening day of the season

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Arsenal are now expected to compete for the Premier League title this season having ended their nine-year trophy drought against Hull City in May, coming from behind to beat the Tigers 3-2 at Wembley. Arsene Wenger splashed out to sign Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil last summer, and he's got his cheque book out again in order to snap up Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez for £32m.

Newcastle United right back Mathieu Debuchy has also arrived in North London for £12m in order to replace compatriot and international team mate Bacary Sagna, who left for Manchester City earlier this summer. However, the club need more new faces having seen their title challenge fall apart in the second half of last season, 

The club now certainly need to find a defensive midfield player, having been lacking one for some time. Mathieu Flamini did well having returned to the club on a free transfer last season, but Mikel Arteta struggled and a more natural holding midfield player is certainly needed in order to allow the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Sanchez to go forward an express themselves in the final third.

The perfect candidate to fill that role would be Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin. The 24-year-old moved to the South Coast in 2008 as a teenager, and has continued to grow and develop during his time with the Saints, becoming one of the top holding midfielder players in the Premier League under Mauricio Pochettino's management.

Called up for France's World Cup campaign, Schneiderlin has proven himself to be effective at sitting in front of the back four and breaking play up, whilst he also possess an exceptional passing range which would lend itself to playing under Wenger at the Emirates Stadium.

It may cost around £20m to prise the former Strasbourg man away from St. Mary's Stadium, but Schneiderlin is worth the big price tag. His presence in the Arsenal midfield would be invaluable, and allow the Gunners to have a dependable midfielder in front of the back four, rather than relying on the ageing or injury prone quartet of Arteta, Flamini, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby.

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