Southampton midfielder and Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin has reiterated his desire to play for a big club in the future.

The French midfielder had been linked with a move away from the Saints during the summer transfer window, with both the north London clubs Arsenal and Tottenham interested in securing his services. But the St Mary's club's hierarchy blocked the move following the loss of various other key players to Premier League rivals.

It was anticipated that the south coast club will struggle in the league this season after the departure of top players such as Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, but Southampton have surprised everyone by making a strong start and are currently sitting just behind league leaders Chelsea in second place.

Schneiderlin, who is happy with the Saints for now, maintains that he would still like to play for one of the big clubs in the Premier League. He has decided to wait until the end of the campaign to decide whether he makes the switch depending on whether Southampton qualify for the Champions League.

"If someone had told me at the end of the transfer window that Southampton would be second, I would not have believed it," Schneiderlin said, as quoted by the Mirror.

"A career passes quickly and I want to play for a big club. Today I am at Southampton, we are second in the Premier League, it's going well."

"We'll see at the end of the season if [a transfer] will happen. If we have qualified for the Champions League, I will make the choice," the French international added.

Recent reports suggested that Arsene Wenger has revived his interest in signing the midfielder, following a spate of poor defensive performances from his team with the most recent ones being against Anderlecht in the Champions League and Swansea City in the Premier League. It is believed that the Gunners boss could make a move during the January transfer window.