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Arsenal to offload pair ahead of £25m midfielder bid

Emirates Stadium side look to conduct midfield re-shuffle.

Arsenal are set to lodge a bid for long term target Morgan Schneiderlin with the Metro claiming Arsene Wenger will offload two midfielders in preparation for his arrival.

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Wenger has long been linked with an interest in Schneiderlin and is ready to fork out £25m for the French international and with the Saints season petering out of late there is perhaps a good chance the long serving Saints star will push for a summer exit.

Schneiderlin watched as a host of team-mates made high-profile St Mary’s exits last summer and may now push to do likewise.

Though Wenger has seen Francis Coquelin since his return to the first team set-up it appears the Gunners boss still wants to sign a defensively minded central midfielder.

Wenger will also seek to offload Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby, both of whom have offered little in the way of quality in recent seasons.

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