Arsenal played out a superb high-scoring draw against Liverpool but could the Southampton midfielder have made a difference?
Former footballer turned pundit Don Hutchison took to Twitter shortly after Arsenal’s 3-3 draw with Liverpool this week to suggest one central midfielder who may have helped the Gunners hold out for the victory.
Arsenal were 3-2 up with time running out but substitute Joe Allen scored an injury-time goal to rob the Gunners of two points that would have seen them maintain their two-point lead over second-placed Leicester City.
Instead the Foxes are now level on points with Arsene Wenger’s men as they maintain their outstanding form under Claudio Ranieri.
Arsenal today moved to strengthen their squad with the signing of FC Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny, but Hutchison suggested another player who has what it takes to help the north London club grind out the vital wins as they bid for their first Premier League title in years.
“Brilliant game last night,” Hutchison wrote. “Liverpool’s midfield ran their nuts off. I wonder if a Wanyama type might have got Arsenal the three (points).”
As it is the Kenya international remains on the books at Southampton where he has played 23 times this season.
Following Elneny’s arrival it remains to be seen if Arsenal will move for a player like Wanyama in the summer. But at just 24 and with a contract that expires in 2017, he could become more attainable with every passing transfer window.
Brilliant game last night. Liverpools midfield ran their nuts off. Fermino/Giroud I wonder if a Wanyama type might have got Arsenal the 3.— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) January 14, 2016