Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin eyeing Champions League football

Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin has said he would only leave Southampton to play for a team in the Champions League.

Schneiderlin, 25, has been linked with a summer transfer after an impressive season as he helped Southampton finish seventh in the Premier League table.

Earlier this month, sources told ESPN FC that Arsenal have made their first moves towards signing the France international.

Schneiderlin, who signed for the Saints from Strasbourg in 2008, said in the Daily Mirror: "I think my decision is made. If I leave Southampton it is for a club that plays better than Europa League.

"The Champions League is my goal and if I leave Southampton it will be for a club in the Champions League.

"I have to give myself every chance of playing in the European Championships next year.

"The goal is to stay in England. I know the league and it is a lot of fun."

Schneiderlin made 26 Premier League appearances this season, scoring four goals before his season was cut short by a knee injury.