Arsenal set to re-start war for Wanyama

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Arsenal are thought to be ready to re-start the fight for Celtic’s Victor Wanyama.

Victor Wanyama has enjoyed an undoubted increase in profile this season due to his performances in the Champions League with Celtic.

There was great talk of Manchester United and Chelsea being interested in snapping him up in the January transfer window but the whole issue has gone colder than the snow falling around the United Kingdom.

If the Daily Mail is to be believed then Arsenal are ready to launch a bid for him which could see him sign for the Gunners at the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger has enough experience to know that if he leaves the matter until the end of the season, Arsenal could be out-gunned in terms of the fee and the personal terms offered.

However, there is nothing stopping Arsenal from trying to do what Spurs did with Lewis Holtby and engineer a pre-contract agreement which will give them the advantage when the summer transfer window opens.

He is after all, a midfielder that Arsenal don’t have. An enforcer who can protect the younger, smaller and more creative players in the side.

This would give those players the freedom and confidence to go about their business in the knowledge that they are a little safer and more secure because of Wanyama’s presence.

There is still the matter of consistency because Wenger is shrewd enough to realise that a couple of decent performances in the Champions League can’t weigh up against a long season.

Love it or loathe it, the quality of the Scottish Premier League compared to the English Premier League is much lower and there is always the risk that a player like Wanyama will struggle to adjust.

You then need to bear in mind the price that Celtic are likely to demand for one of their best players, a player who is very important to how they play football.

If there is any real interest from the North London club then they are in a good position to get a deal agreed behind the scenes over the next couple of months.

The biggest fear is if it triggers a bidding war because Arsene Wenger has never been a manager for spending upwards of £20 million for a player, especially when Arsenal are up against clubs that will go as high as £50 million.

Calling all Arsenal fans, give us your opinions!

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