Jamie Carragher believes that Arsenal could come to regret missing out on Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United.
The French midfielder was linked with the Gunners, and North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, before joining the Red Devils in a £25m deal from Southampton earlier this summer.
Arsenal have been tipped to be genuine Premier League title contenders this season and landed a psychological blow on champions Chelsea by beating them 1-0 in the Community Shield last Sunday.
But former Liverpool defender Carragher, now a leading pundit, feels that Arsene Wenger’s side might be short of power in the centre of the park without Schneiderlin.
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He wrote for Sky Sports: “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.”
Schneiderlin, 26, made 260 appearances in seven years at Southampton and has recently established himself as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League.
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