Huge blow for Arsenal as long-term target rules out move

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has ruled out a January move to Arsenal – but has hinted he will be open to a move next summer.

The France international – who is also linked with Tottenham and Liverpool – came close to leaving St. Mary’s in the summer after he publicly expressed his frustration at the sales of fellow Saints teammates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw.

But the 25-year-old now admits he is happy he stayed under new boss Ronald Koeman, although he is prepared to re-evaluate his options once the season is over.

He told the Daily Express: “It’s always difficult to leave in January.

“I think I’ll finish the season at Southampton and we’ll see what will happen next. I don’t set my mind on these things anymore.

“What should happen will happen. Since this summer, I learned that you should never think that you’re gone before you actually did.”

Meanwhile, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to complete a £7million deal for Chelsea glovesman Petr Cech, with current goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny proving to be unreliabe between the sticks on a number of occasions this season.

Cech has lost his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois at Chelsea this season and is understood to be looking for a move away from Stamford Bridge in search for regular game time.

But Cech’s departure may have to wait until the summer after Chelsea allowed veteran third-choice ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer completed a move to Premier League strugglers Leicester City on a short-term deal today.


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