Arsenal fans were keeping a close eye on Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin in Thursday night’s friendly between France and Brazil, as the 25-year-old continues to be linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman’s future has been the subject of much speculation since he was reported to have handed in a transfer request in the summer and put Arsenal on further alert this week during an interview with L’Equipe when he reiterated his desire to experience Champions League football.
“In August, I wanted to take a move but the club had lost too many players to agree to sell me,” he told the French sports newspaper.
"Since then I have had discussions with the leaders and I want to play at the highest level. It is important at 25 years old to finally know the Champions League.
"Given that, late in the season, Southampton may qualify for the Champions League and I can stay, who knows? I have no desire to be in front of my TV on Tuesday and Wednesday."
The seven-time capped Saint was in the starting line-up as Brazil visited the Stade de France and, with the likes of the Daily Mail reporting that Arsene Wenger is preparing a £25 million bid for the summer, there was extra pressure on him to deliver a performance fitting of his price tag.
He couldn’t prevent Didier Deschamps’ side falling to a 3-1 defeat, however, as Oscar’s first-half strike cancelled out Raphael Varane’s 21st-minute opener, before Neymar and Luis Gustavo struck after the break to hand the Selecao their seventh successive win.
As he went the full 90 minutes on the night, here’s how Arsenal’s Twitter-based supporters reacted to his performance.
Bet wenger cant contain himself with all these players on show let's hope his eyes are closely watching Schneiderlin #FRAvsBRA— Levi Smith (@Levi_smith123) March 26, 2015
Look at ARSENAL'S Morgan Schneiderlin flexing— It's Dek-Ah (@DekaDMichael11) March 26, 2015
Schneiderlin is such a baller, Arsenal could do with him holding— Mikey In The Middle. (@Michael_Balo) March 26, 2015
Schneiderlin is an obvious signing for #afc, but I somehow doubt Wenger will jeopardize Coquelin's career by signing another French DM.— Egzon L. (@urbaNRoots91) March 26, 2015
Schneiderlin giving Griezmann some tactical advice. He's got leadership qualities— Bossa (@CHN_Arsenal) March 26, 2015
Schneiderlin protects the cb so well. Next year, Arsenal— El Annanin Ami (@XBFIBE3) March 26, 2015
Schneiderlin to Arsenal pls— R. Federer (@M_Fernandez11) March 26, 2015
Can't wait for Schneiderlin to join Arsenal— MÖ11 (@RiyaadAFC) March 26, 2015
The more I watch Schneiderlin the more I want him at Arsenal.— JJ (@FoRtyy9) March 26, 2015
Can this schneiderlin transfer rumour to arsenal be true please— ❤️ (@Muri_xo) March 26, 2015
Schneiderlin isn't good enough for arsenal— M S The Ghost (@SherzCapone) March 26, 2015
I'll gladly take Varane and Schneiderlin at Arsenal in the summer.— Frantz Paul (@LSN_Frantz) March 26, 2015
Schneiderlin would look delicious in a Arsenal jersey— It's Dek-Ah (@DekaDMichael11) March 26, 2015
The more I look at Schneiderlin, I still don't think he is the one we need. I think Kondogbia fits perfectly into that DM role #afc— FutbolFan (@FutbolFan5) March 26, 2015
schneiderlin was so good tonight . Please arsenal take him.— Marie-Dominique. (@sergiamos) March 26, 2015