Paul Merson said on the Sky Sports Now show on Sky Sports News HQ on Thursday morning that Arsenal should make a move for Southampton defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama in the January transfer window.
“I don’t think he is an Arsenal player,” said Merson. “I don’t think he is one of them. If they just get him, what he has done recently - because he went off the boil a little bit for me Wanyama, he sort of got into a situation in which he thought ‘I am a bit of a player here’ and started spraying balls here and spraying balls there.
“If he can get in and you tell him, ‘right, you get the ball, you win the ball back and you give it to players who are superior in what they do but you are better at doing what you do’, for me Wanyama would be one off the top of my head because he is big, he is strong, he ticks the boxes for Arsenal.
“He is very fit and he gets around the pitch, but he has got to do just that job - win the ball and give it to Ozil, give it to Sanchez, give it to Cazorla - and for me he would tick every single box.”
Wanyama has been on the books of Southampton since the summer of 2013 and is one of the better defensive midfielders in the Premier League.
The 24-year-old Kenya international arrived at the Saints from Scottish Premiership giants Celtic and has proven to be a success at St. Mary’s Stadium.
The former Beerschot AC star has created six chances in 11 Premier League appearances so far this season.
Wanyama has a pass accuracy of 82% and a shot accuracy of 25%, and has won 29 headers, 13 dribbles and 21 tackles.
With Arsenal’s first-choice defensive midfielder Francis Coquelin out injured for 12 weeks, Wanyama would be a good signing for the Gunners in the January transfer window, but would Premier League rivals Southampton be willing to sell him in the middle of the season?