Ex-Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has suggested there is a player his old club should be focused on signing this summer.
“He looks like a really energetic player in that midfield, he can get his foot in, maybe he could be that holding midfielder they’re looking for – I think they will be going for Schneiderlin and I think he would be the better fit because of his Premier League experience,” he said.
Vidal is a superb player in terms of the box-to-box option that he would offer the Gunners, but he would arguably be more difficult for the club to sign and more expensive.
Schneiderlin has, as Parlour points out, vital Premier League experience which suggests that he would have a better chance of fitting into the pace and style of Arsenal’s play more comfortably.
It’s going to be difficult for Arsenal to get their hands on either or both players, but Wenger won’t make a signing unless he feels the man coming in can offer something different to the options he already has.
In terms of creativity and attacking potential, that box is ticked and that would suggest that a holding player like Schneiderlin would be the better option and someone who could well get more out of the talented Francis Coquelin.