Midfield star dismisses Spurs link as Arsenal legend urges move

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has cooled talk of a Premier League switch to Tottenham this summer, while Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has encouraged Arsene Wenger to make a move for the French star.

The 25-year-old holding midfielder has continued to impress with the Saints this season despite a preseason filled with rumours of an exit to either Spurs or Arsenal, with Southampton unwilling to sanction a sale.

And although both clubs are still linked with the powerful midfield enforcer, a move to Spurs does not look likely as Schneiderlin has revealed the “page is turned” with regard to former boss Mauricio Pochettino, whose Spurs team travel to St Mary’s to face the Saints this Saturday.

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“He’s a great manager, we achieved great things last year but the page is turned,” he told BBC Radio Solent.

Schneiderlin’s comments would suggest a reunion with the Argentine coach is unlikely, paving the way for a fresh Arsenal approach in the coming months, something Ray Parlour would love to see.

The former Gunners midfielder has stated that the Saints man would be a “perfect” signing despite the latest reports suggesting a move is unlikely because of Francis Coquelin’s emergence.

“I’ve watched him a few times this year at St. Mary’s, and against Chelsea. I thought he did a great job in front of the back four,” Parlour is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

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“Defensively, he is tactically very good. When the ball goes wide you can see him dropping into the back two to make a three. So when balls are going in there’s an extra defender there – Gilberto Silva did that during the unbeaten season.

“He knows the Premier League, he’s not got to settle and would be perfect for Arsenal in that midfield area.”

Schneiderlin has two years remaining on his current Southampton deal and would cost more than £25 million if a move is made in the next few months.

Would Morgan Schneiderlin be the perfect signing for Arsenal this summer?

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Arsenal Invincible says Premier League refs are ‘worst he’s seen’

Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour believes the standard of refereeing in the Premier League this season is the worst he has seen.

Talking on ‘The Morning View’ on Sky Sports News on Monday, Parlour was asked about the need for video technology to aid referees.

“The only reason we’re talking about this is because there have been such bad performances by referees this season,” Parlour said.

He went on to add that the standard of officiating is “probably the worst I’ve seen in a season”. A very bold claim when you consider that he spent twelve years playing for Arsenal and has been following Premier League football for 23 years now.

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PHOTO: Referee Neil Swarbrick sent off the wrong man in Saturday’s Premier League game between Manchester City and West Bromwich Albion.


He did, however, give a brief reason as to why the standard has dropped: “Look, maybe it’s tougher now. Maybe it’s tougher to keep an eye on everything, maybe the game is quicker now.

“The standard of refereeing has definitely gone down. There’s too many mistakes, and that’s crucial for clubs.”

The comments made by Parlour come after UEFA general secretary, Gianni Infantino suggested there is no need for video technology to be introduced.

“There would be no mistaken identity if you had the additional assistant referees, because they will see immediately what happens and can rectify all decisions,” said Infantino. “It is easy to say technology is needed.

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“It seems easy to call for technology as soon as you see an action that seems a bit controversial. It depends on which team you support; you have a different point of view. I think what is needed is an appropriate debate as well on this topic.

“What does it mean? What are we speaking about here? Technology is already in football with goalline technology.

“But, for everything else, it’s very much a judgement question for the referee – and has to remain with the referee as well in the future.”

Well what does it mean?

If the standard of refereeing in Premier League is dropping, surely actions should be taken to improve the officiating? Especially when there is technology available that will help.