Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher suggests Arsenal should have signed Manchester United's newbie Morgan Schneiderlin

Arsenal v Southampton 2012 Pregame with Schneiderlin

The Sky Sports pundit feels the Frenchman should have arrived at The Emirates this summer.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has been discussing the upcoming season this week.

He has been writing his column for Sky Sports ahead of the upcoming campaign and was speaking about Arsenal’s decision not to bring in a new defensive midfielder this summer.

Carragher believes that Arsenal missed a trick in not snapping up French international Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton this summer.

He wrote:

“I look at Morgan Schneiderlin, to be honest, and think if I were an Arsenal fan, I would have liked him to have come to the club. Francis Coquelin was a revelation in the second half of last season, but we do not know if he can quite continue that over the coming years. And who would play if he was out?

“And I just think that Schneiderlin would have offered Arsenal a massive physical presence - like Nemanja Matic for Chelsea and Yaya Toure for Manchester City - and you look over the last few years and Schneiderlin has been exactly that type of player.

“He gives you that power that Arsenal may lack when trying to win the title this year and that is why they may just fall short, and so that is why he is one who I maybe would have looked at.”

Of course Arsenal were linked in the press, but it appears that they never made the move for the midfield talent.

Manchester United ended up paying a fee reported by The Guardian to be around £24 million for the player, however Arsenal it seems are happy with their current options.

The key to this decision was Francis Coquelin. The fellow Frenchman was in great form for the Gunners toward the end of last season and picked up where he left off during the Community Shield final with Chelsea.

However, Schneiderlin perhaps offers more. He is certainly a better passer of the ball, but in terms of the nitty gritty, Coquelin is more likely to get stuck in.

Arsenal have probably made the right decision in not spending money they do not feel is necessary on a player who does not offer anything new.

Time will tell if that is the case.

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