Ex-Tottenham man names two players Arsenal should have signed in the summer

Jermaine Jenas says Arsenal are being made to rue not signing either of these players during the summer months

Jermaine Jenas believes that Arsenal would have sent out a serious “statement of intent” by signing Morgan Schneiderlin or Sami Khedira during the summer transfer window.

The Gunners have been rocked by the news that they will be without holding midfielder Francis Coquelin for at least 12 weeks after the Frenchman suffered a medial knee ligament injury during the 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Arsenal were heavily linked with transfer swoops for both Schneiderlin and Khedira during the summer months, but a move failed to materialise as Arsene Wenger opted not to bring in any outfield players.

Khedira eventually left Real Madrid to join Juventus, while Schneiderlin signed for rivals Manchester United from Southampton.

Now, former Spurs midfielder Jenas feels that the Gunners are going to be made to regret the decision not to bolster their midfield options.

Jenas told BBC Sport: “If Arsenal fail to win the title this season because of failing to strengthen adequately in the summer window – it’s unforgivable, not signing someone to play alongside Coquelin.

“If they’d signed Morgan Schneiderlin or Sami Khedira, it would have made a real statement of intent. It’s poor management.”

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Arsenal return to Premier League action with a trip to Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.

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