Former striker Perry Groves has told his former team to after the highly touted SPL star.
Former Arsenal striker Perry Groves believes the club must step up their chase for Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, as he believes the Kenyan could be the answer to the Gunners’ midfield problems.
The former forward expressed his thoughts on the battling midfielder to the Daily Express, and called on Arsene Wenger to take a serious look at the player this summer, after the SPL champion refused to sign an extension at Celtic Park.
“I really like Wanyama – he is destined for big things,” Groves said.
“He may be young but he plays for a massive club, has lots of experience for a young player, and he fits the Wenger model – he is hungry, strong and technically very good.
“He would offer real protection for the back four, and a real thrust and drive going forward.”
With Abou Diaby a constant injury headache for Wenger, it is clear the Frenchman needs to address the defensive midfield position during this transfer window, and a potential swoop for the 21-year old may not be unrealistic given his reported £12m price tag.
Wanyama has been a crucial part of Neil Lennon’s side this season, and was instrumental in the Scottish side’s Champions League run, capped off by a memorable performance and a goal in the club’s group stage win over Barcelona.
With European experience and the strong physical frame that Wenger looks for in his defensive midfield players, Wanyama could finally be the player to fill the void left by Patrick Vieira in 2005.