Charlie Nicholas has told Sky Sports that Arsenal should try to sign Morgan Schneiderlin instead of Moussa Sissoko in the summer transfer window.
Both Schneiderlin and Sissoko are highly-rated defensive midfielders, with the former driving Southampton towards the Premier League top four and the latter helping Newcastle United end up in mid-table.
Former Celtic and Arsenal forward Nicholas believes that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger should sign a defensive midfielder and make a move for Schneiderlin.
“If Wenger is going to splash the clash for just one top-level guy this summer, Varane would be my wish,” the 53-year-old told Sky Sports.
“However, Arsenal also need protection for the defence. People have mentioned Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko to fill the deep role in midfield, but I don’t think he has enough discipline.
“Schneiderlin plays with a far more disciplined, controlled velocity, and I think he fits more into the pattern of Arsenal’s play."
Schneiderlin has been playing in England since 2006, and his stock has risen over the past two seasons.
The France international is certainly a player who is going to enhance the quality that Arsenal already have.
The 25-year-old has scored three goals and created 17 chances in 22 Premier League appearances so far this season, while having a pass accuracy of 89%.
Schneiderlin has received six yellow cards and one red card, and has won 65 of the 145 tackles he has attempted.
Sissoko is not having exactly a great season, but he has been one of the better players for Newcastle so far this campaign.
In 28 Premier League games, the 25-year-old has scored three goals and created 33 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 79%.
The 25-year-old has received seven yellow cards and one red card, and has won 27 out of 70 tackles he has made.