Alan Pardew impressed by Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur has recently been linked with Arsenal.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has told the London Evening Standard that James McArthur has been 'outstanding' ever since he took charge at Selhurst Park.

McArthur has been a central figure for Palace over the past two seasons, since he moved to the London club from Wigan Athletic.

There have been suggestions, as revealed by HITC Sport, that Arsenal could make a move for the Scotland international in the January transfer window, and Pardew admits that he is not surprised to see interest rising in the 28-year-old.

"James McArthur has been outstanding since I've come to Palace," he said. 

"I always admired him at Wigan Athletic, and it's not a surprise to me he's been linked to a top club.

"He plays international football for Scotland and he plays a very high level of football for us, so it's not a testament to Palace, it's more a testament to James. He's a great team player."

McArthur’s energy and drive have seen him firmly establish his place in the heart of Palace’s midfield.

His dynamism is complemented superbly by Yohan Cabaye, and the duo have formed a great partnership over the season so far.

McArthur’s form has been a major reason behind the Eagles’ impressive start to the campaign, which has seen them move up to sixth in the Premier League table.

Palace’s next match comes against Southampton on Saturday, and if they are able to pick up a victory, the talk of their potential to claim a European spot this term will only increase.

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