Victor Wanyama has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is looking to force through a move to Arsenal this summer, claiming that it would be nice to complete a transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
With comments that could potentially shock all Southampton fans, Wanyama has reportedly confirmed via a Kenyan TV channel that he wants to become a Gunner, despite the fact that Ronald Koeman’s side enjoyed such a good campaign last season.
A long-term target of Arsene Wenger’s, Wanyama has been linked with Arsenal for quite some time now, and with the Frenchman’s need for a new defensive midfielder having heightened, it looks like the most feasible time to complete a deal.
Though it could be argued, and probably will be contested by Wanyama later on today, that the comments aren’t all that credible considering they’re from an unnamed Kenyan TV channel, below is what the midfielder apparently said. *Saints fans, discretion is advised.
"It would be nice to move to Arsenal," he said, as relayed by the Evening Standard.
"But at this moment such decisions can only be made by Southampton and that is where my concentration as a player is."
Premier League experience
A hard-hitting ball winner by nature, Wanyama’s time in the Premier League thus far has seen him rise to near the top of the charts when it comes to defensive midfielders.
Bar Chelsea’s colossus Nemanja Matic one struggles to think of a player as adept as the Kenyan when it comes to breaking up play and protecting the back four, and as he’s already for plenty of experience in the English game Wanyama makes for a perfect option from Wenger’s point of view.
Transfer to come?
He’s certainly more immediately suited than some of the other names that have been linked with competing with Francis Coquelin for a place - see Geoffrey Kondogbia and Ilkay Gundogan - and the chances are he’d cost far less than most of the other players in the frame as well.
That said Wenger has yet to officially declare an interest in him, and he probably won’t do considering the pressure he would then be under to follow through with a deal. Wanyama’s midfielder partner Morgan Schneiderlin is another viable option, though the idea of Koeman letting both of the players leave is altogether unfeasible.
In any case Arsenal fans will be content to learn that established Premier League players like Wanyama are happy to throw in their lot with Wenger given that a couple of key additions could well see them boast a squad capable of seriously contesting the Premier League title next term.
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