Arsenal are closing in on a deal for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

The Sunday Express says French sources state Arsenal could now beat north London rivals Tottenham to Schneiderlin after the player spoke of his desire to play on 'big occasions' more often.

He said: "Listen, I'm aware of Southampton's situation.

"On a personal level, the club know my position and know what I want to do. I had a good conversation with all the directors.

"I've been there for a long time now. We'll see how things go, but the directors know my position and what my intentions are.

"Everyone has ambitions, everyone has his own future in his hands, so we'll see. Every player wants to play on big occasions."

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