Morgan Schneiderlin to Arsenal: Southampton midfielder 'would prefer' move to Gunners over Manchester United

United are the French midfielder's second choice

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Morgan Schneiderlin has told friends that he would prefer to work with Arsene Wenger at Arsenal than Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, according to reports.

It what has been one of the biggest transfer sagas this summer, United appeared to be in the driving seat to sign the much-coveted French midfielder last week, until their bid of £20m was rejected.

The Sunday Times have reported that the 25-year-old feels that Arsenal's more settled style of play is better suited to his game, and he would also like to remain in the South of England, meaning United are his clear second choice behind Arsenal.

Unlike United, however, Arsenal have yet to make a bid, with Southampton holding out for £25m.


Schneiderlin joined the Saints from RC Strasbourg in 2008, and has since turned into one of the best midfielders in Europe.

Schneiderlin had previously said that he would only leave Southampton to play for a team in the Champions League. United will return to Europe's elite competition next season if they get past their play-off round, while Arsenal are already into the group stage.

"Of course the Champions League is my goal. If I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League," he had said.