Wenger reportedly handed open chequebook - and Spurs-linked midfielder is his no.1 target

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Fresh reports have linked Arsenal with Morgan Schneiderlin.

Arsene Wenger has been handed an open chequebook for the January transfer window, according to the Sunday Mirror.

The report contradicts the Daily Telegraph's earlier claims that Arsenal will have £20 million to spend - and states that Morgan Schneiderlin is Wenger's no.1 target.

Schneiderlin, however, has long been linked with Tottenham Hotspur. Should Arsenal try and prise the midfielder away from Southampton, they may go head to head with their north London rivals for the Frenchman's signature.

The Gunners have also been linked with Sami Khedira and may be able to sign the Real Madrid midfielder on the cheap this January.

But the Mirror's report tips Wenger to instead prioritise Spurs-linked Schneiderlin instead.

  TeamPosTackles WonAccurate PassesGoalsChances CreatedAppsMins
Nathaniel Clyne Southampton DF 23 279 1 4 8 720
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 23 490 3 5 8 720
Victor Wanyama Southampton MF 20 261 2 2 7 416
Dusan Tadic Southampton MF 14 218 1 20 8 680
Graziano Pellè Southampton FW 2 155 6 12 8 710

As Opta stats show, Schneiderlin has been instrumental for the Saints so far this season, winning the joint-highest amount of tackles within Ronald Koeman's squad.

The Frenchman has also made far more accurate passes than any of his team-mates, while scoring the second-most goals at St Mary's. He has also created five chances so far this Premier League campaign.

Whether the 24-year-old will be allowed to leave Southampton is another matter, of course, and whether Tottenham will have a say on his future also remains to be seen.

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