Victor Wanyama Linked With Arsenal

Arsenal Linked With Kenyan Defensive Midfielder

Victor Wanyama, a 21 year old defensive midfielder who currently plays for Celtic in Scotland has been rumoured to be looking for a move to the EPL because he is unhappy with Celtics use of his abilities. The teams that are rumoured to be in contact with him are Arsenal and Man Utd.

Since Wanyama signed for Celtic, he has been a revelation. He is a tank, of massive proportions, but is very skilled on the ball, and can score goals. Out of 29 scottish league apperances he has scored 4 goals. Don’t be quick to assume that just because he scores goals he “likes to go on the attack too much”, because that just would not be true, he is very defensive minded.

“Wanyama quickly became a fans favourite at Celtic due to his consistency. He is a robust midfielder who can also play in defence. Wanyama is able to pass the ball, hold up the play with his strength, tackle and has a general calmness on the ball” [wikipedia]

When I watched some of Celtics matches during last season he was phenomenal! I was so impressed that he has been in my top 3 choices for defensive (tank-like) midfielders ever since. I didn’t think he would be transferable for a while because he only joined Celtic last summer, but if he is disgruntled with Celtic and wants to leave them then I would love to see him in an Arsenal shirt. He would be a more appropriate signing than M’Vila (IMO).

The only problems with a Wanyama signing would be that he would also have to leave for the African Cup of Nations, and that we already have such promising players in that position in the likes of Frimpong and Coquelin (let alone Song). You never know though, Wenger knows what is best and will make the final decision.

I could only find a brief and low quality video of Wanyama’s skills, but if you haven’t seen him play at all, it will suffice. Let us know what you think.

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by JG

 

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87 thoughts on “Victor Wanyama Linked With Arsenal

  1. Lucas

    Wanyama is a promising young player with enough sterngth and holds the ball.more to that he is relatively cheap as compared to yann m’villa..wenger u will make the emirates faithfuls more happy.pls do so mr wenger.

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  2. tony

    nevver heard of him to be honest..is four goals in the scottish league anything to be proud of? i know hes defence minded but i reckon i could score 4 in the scottish league! lol. m villa everytime for me

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  3. jk

    M’vila everytime he has top international experience and plays in a much better league also wont be goin to african cup of nations. Wanyama is a solid player but not m’vila class!

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  4. mtawarira

    he’s a good dm & would develop well @the emirates. Afcon is the biggest issue as the departure of him & song would leave a gapping hole in the middle of the park were he to join. Still weighing toward yann or capoue on this one..

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  5. abel

    Any defensive minded defensive midfielder will do.dosent have to be yann.i’ll rather we go for a more xperienced DM to enable le coq and frimmy get some experience until when they are ready and if song decides to leave for his L♥√ع(italy) in future we’ll have 2 beastly DM’s in †ђξ ranks.but it won’t hurt if song stays and we have 3.

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  6. Nicholas

    I am a Kenyan and will like to clarify that we did not qualify for the African Cup of Nations.

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  7. cicero@gunner

    I have this assurance that AW will sign m’villa at the late hour to complement song. That is the transfer I want to see happen alongside carzolar. Then we are ready for the season. Don’t know wanyama at all.

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  8. eMMkLin

    JG, you were very insolent in your previous article; mind your choice of words, we can’t all see things from a common perspective.

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  9. Benn

    victor wanyama is a great player. his brother, macdonald mariga plays for intermilan. man city have been trying to sign him for a while now.
    i also know that kenya is not going for the AFCON, so there will be no risk of him leaving the emirates next january. anyway, let’s see. maybe wenger would sign him, but i don’t see him starting ahead of frimpong.

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  10. kkk

    He is a promisin player, but we hv soo many promisin players in ur team as well…obviously he cudnt b better than song, If we shud sign a DM, he shud b of songs class so that they can compete …….

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  11. maddylovearsenal

    dont want this player At arsenal. Simple as it is.

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  12. kenyangooner

    its rare for Kenyan (harambee stars) to qualify for africa cup of nations.

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  13. Paul

    @admin…. Seriously I’ve been blocked for months now can’t we just move on!!!! I have seriously important news for the guys on this site

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  14. Bonfesc

    Kenya never qualifies for African Cup of Nations. I’m Kenyan, I know. Then again, Victor is quality. First Kenyan to be linked with Arsenal.

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  15. kevoh

    i wish you guyz knew this player well.he is a beast of a player on the ball.pliz wenger live alone the hardheaded mvilla en sign this dude…..u wont regret it………the issue about african cup of nations should not be used here because kenya hardly plays in the tournament.the last time they did so was back in 2002

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  16. Taye Duggs

    Do not worry about losing him to the African Cup of nations because Kenya never qualify for it. And this will not change any time soon. M’villa is talented but his attitude is suspect. He seems to be another Samir Nasri-like character.

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  17. remine187

    U bring up all sorts of rumours jst for the fun of it.Pls stop fingering the readers brain,we are very serious here.

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  18. wally

    Tony play in scottish league? Bet u one them geeky mofo that play fifa all day that doent even know how kick.a ball

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  19. GB

    Victor wanyama is ma all time favourite player he is both strong n intelligent,when he has the ball in his feet he feels relax n controls it well.he is a quality player if considers signing him.

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  20. NZ Gunner

    First Kenyan to be linked for arsenal. Ive lived in kenya for 10 years and im very happy to see that the level of football has improved this much! Keep it up! Hakuna matata.!!

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  21. Leavey

    Wanyama is a far beeter player than mvilla ive watched both play against eachother i may add when celtin player rennes in europa lge and mvilla was nowhere to b seen the whole match!

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  22. Oscar

    Wanyama is a brother to Mariga of Inter Milan. This guy exhudes lotsa talent and versatility.
    I am a Kenyan and would be more than happy to see him in an Arsenal shirt.
    Up Gunnerz..!!

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  23. Jason

    @taye duggs – Ive been trying to tell that to people for weeks but they are convinced by fifa12 stats that M’vila is the best cdm in the whole f**king world. His attitude would not fit in well at all and it could cause problems with other players. Wanyama is a far better player than M’vila anyway and a team player as well…and apparently Kenya doesnt play in the afcon so there is that as well.

    Wanyama > mvila

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  24. galen

    w eshould put a cap on the number of african players we get. WE have General song, frimpong and gervinho. Thats only 3 players that will go for the african nations cup durring a busy january. No disrespect to Kenya or african fans but no more. Gervinho was drained when he return we cant afford to have 4 or 5 drained players. Our squad is not good enough in the first place.

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  25. charles

    Really?? are the rumors real? he is Robust player.am pretty sure he would relegate song to Bench after the Africa Cup of Nation!!!

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  26. max

    i am kenyan but i dont think he is better than m’vila IMO .id rather go for origi the gk coz he is better than fabianski n mannone

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  27. Ireayo

    I learnt that rennes has lower thier asking prize for m’villa.@ admin could u comfirm this?

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  28. George

    Wenger knows what he is doing. We shall wait and see of his decisions on what to do for players, but I have just seen many reports saying that we have put a £18million bid in for Cazorls (23million euros) This would be great news, and watching some highlghts from the game last night, walcott is going to be pushed into the ST role :) but obvioulsy not the whole time, so Cazorls would be signed to play on the wing AND CAM, good versatility there, as this also gives a bit of time for OX to play CAM too.

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  29. Fred Kubasu

    If you consider him as a kenyan player you might not see the quality in him but if you consider him as one of Celtic’s best attacking midfielders then you will get your alternative Mvilla answer well unless u haven’t seen him play. Wanyama is way far better than Frimpong and M’villa

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  30. NairobiGunner

    Wanyama is a great player, so the peeps downplaying him should watch out..For him @Galen you’re the perfect definition of the word stupid racist!

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  31. ptah

    im Kenyan, trust me when i say he is better than M’villa. better on the pitch, better in attitude, and way cheaper. One other thing, Kenya didnt qualify for the AFCON, not next year or any year soon.

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  32. cruz

    M’villa has always been our long term target!!! He clearly said he wants to join us! I don’t think Wenger won’t sign him

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  33. George

    Maybe M’Vila’s attitude can be used as a good thing. If things arent going well for him on the pitch he gets pissed off and if the team is performing shit he will tell them and surely that kind of player who tells people when they are doing shit is what we need. And also he said he wanted to go to Arsenal, so maybe he has had a bad attitude because his dream move hasnt happened yet

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  34. Dan Owiye

    all have been said and dusted about the two players by the names Wanyama and Mvila, for that matter I can attest to you guys that am a Kenyan and I have watched both games Wanyama have been involved this guy is much better than that Mvila who will sulk once Le Pro has fine tuned him but with Wanyama he is a real asset and will be loyal to this great club Arsenal for life. Am GOONER TILL I DIE

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  35. Riphodez

    Wanyama is from my country n we ddnt qualify for afcon… Bt am convinced hez not ready for epl maybe he should stay in Scotland for one more season.

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  36. benji

    yes @gunner somiasis, the most important quality that wenger looks for in defensive midfield is black skin……………..ha ha

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  37. Fracis

    Wanyama the son of former Kenyan international Noa Wanyama and Bro to Champions league winner McDonald Mariga would be the fairest bet. His brother Heskey and Sylvester also plays fo Kenyan sides Sony and Sofapaka. He’s got a bro who is a pugilist and a national team basketballer. Given his Background and the ability to learn first AW should not hesitate to rush for his signature,after all Mancini has always been on the lookout for this East African song

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  38. merte mate

    he is a great player from kenya…am also kenyan and kan tell u one thing,given timee,i wud define him as songs twin brother…..he wud be a worth addition to our great arsenal.am just not sure about the work permit the

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  39. Smiley

    He looks a bit dodgy when he clears… nevertheless I like how he’s good at heading

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  40. de irish gunner

    i watch celtic week in week out this guy is a gem given time wenger would make an awesome player out of him better than song in my imo

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  41. tosino

    Wen ar we going to stop dis nonses of a thing the only thing left to be link with arsenal is fowl.am gething tire by d day every wit rumors, pls can,t we be productive 4 once & get the quality players we need on time,b,cus I dint see any future in many of those tenagers I wacht ysday as an arsenal player.

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  42. Benjamin chacha

    Will are tired of arsenal rumours,what we will hear next is arsenal close on leonel messi deal,arsenal want to buy everrybody and yet they dont.as a result we remain to be a losers every season.we dont want to hear about romours.

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  43. galen

    wow some delusional kenyan fans thinking waya something is better than Song. this is laughable. we are not here for kenya or europe or africa or different nationalities. We are here for ARSENAL please.

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  44. leo

    who? or who is next target tired of these rumors arsenal should sign m’vila if not him don’t need anyone else + as far as fellow gooners are praising him calling him promising player we have plenty of promising players couqelin,frimpong,eastmond,aneke do we need more promising players i don’t think so m’vila would be a welcome addition

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  45. Titus

    V.Wanyama is a solid defensive minded kind of a player with tym to grow on the pitch due to his age. He plays Tiote like kind of game and would be a massive boost in Arsenal squad. His services will go in noticed due to Song,Diabi and Arteta presence. In terms of Africa Cup of Nations,Kenya is a rare species.

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  46. AYJ

    Just get Yann M’Vila already, if it’s a DM you are wanting Arsene.. Stop the dilly dallying.. Dump some cash on a table and get your man/men.. Get the squad settled and get on with the new season!

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  47. Nyorotha

    As a Kenyan,am flattered!!Wanyama is a top defensive midfielder and would be an ideal signing but he’s got to develop a bit.It would not affect arsenal as Kenya is not goin for AFCON any time soon.

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  48. john 3:16

    We need a good back-up goalkeeper to Szczesny, A good back-up right-back to Sagna, A first-choice left-back, A good centre-back (better than Mertesacker, Djourou and Squillaci!) A defensive central-midfielder, an attacking central-midfielder, and another striker (if Van Persie leaves) That’s seven players. My choices would be Butland, Debuchy, Baines, Jagielka, M’Vila, Belhanda and Huntelaar!

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  49. Top Gunner

    Wanyama is a top player. I’m kenyan and I know him well. I’d pick him over M’vila. Not to worry about ACN, the shit Kenyan team doesn’t stand a chance in hell to play in the tournament

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  50. rio

    arsena should buy gary steven rbbat from malaysia…he awesome!!!cheaper and quality player…

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  51. max

    kenya is outside top 70 in fifa ranking and he has not played in scotland for many years so no chance of work permit

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  52. jojo

    @john 3:16 Basically your saying we should sign 7 more players on top of the 2 we’ve already signed? just have a think about it..

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  53. tosino

    Which players you dont feel like seeing on arsenal shirt next season,? If dis guy don’t feel like changing this topic ok let’s create a topic 4 discusion 4 we faithful gunners.my answer, 1,squolachi,2,jourou 3,chamark 4,ramsey,5,diaby and a/w please let gervinho trianing with post in infront of him, pls no abused. Words thanks.let your opinior be know before kick of d new season.

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  54. kelvin muthami

    M happy for my countrymen. ,Africa cup of nations!!!!!!!!!!! Harambee stars never qualifies. Hurting but it the truth. Problem wld be work permit coz we are ranked 135. MUGUBI IS A MEASTRO. MADE IN KENYA. Jambo?

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  55. kelvin muthami

    M happy for my countrymen. ,Africa cup of nations!!!!!!!!!!! Harambee stars never qualifies. Hurting but it the truth. Problem wld be work permit coz we are ranked 135. VICTOR MUGUBI WANYAMA IS A MEASTRO. MADE IN KENYA. Jambo?

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  56. Joshua

    felas europeans the afcon nxt year will be held in june july so it won’t interfere the european leagues, this has been decided by african football federation, no african player will depart from his club in january for afcon, am from africa and thats official.

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  57. julio

    isnt dat guy a brother to malinga de guy who was in intermilan?

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  58. GUNNER003

    @ john 3:13…..Mertesacker is class,don’t know what the hell you on about…..he makes one mistake vs norwich and one vs swansea and you think he isn’t good….dude koscielny made a million mistakes in his first season….

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  59. fred

    wanyama is a great player, is as good as song if not better, and is way much faster than song dats for sure, bt one thing is for certain this deal wount go thru bcoz of work permit issues …if can remember his elder bro mariga was denied a move to manshitty coz of the same thing …….am Kenyan and i highly doubt his age though!!!

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  60. Jose Mourinho Ruined Arsenal

    M’vila attitude? Did we forget about a certain number 4 Patrick Viera ?

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  61. Curtis

    Keep you hands off big vic! He is our brick wall! If you want him, you can uave him for £20 million, he is the best player in scotland and one of the best in UK

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  62. allwel M.

    Welcome back @ Paul you are unblocked already. Can you share ur story now?

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  63. crazy gun

    imo we just need a quality defender, and a cam and the team is good to go because what we were lacking last season was some1 who could change the game with a pass lyk song did on numerous occasions now just imagine if sum1 was doin that all the tym, and a quality beast lyk defender jus to ascert himself at the bak and plug those sily mistakes a dm would not do it imo because our defense is were the problem is coz we give away 2 many sily goals. Gunner 4 lyf

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  64. Kobi

    No No NO I want M’Vila or Capoue….no more third best signing for us man! Get your initial target Arsene!

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  65. Toninzomo

    I would rather he plays for arsenal. Kenya is a arsenal fanatic country and i’d hate it if he played against my team chelsea coz I would be torn apart.

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  66. Loxie

    Honestly Wenger should buy both Wanyama n m’villa. They are all very good players.

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  67. Jose

    Actually he won’t leave for the African Cup Of Nations because we (Kenya) failed to qualify for the 2013 edition.

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  68. Pap_Razzi Xerxes

    I’d really love to see my countryman in an Arsenal shirt.But again Arsenal wants all but gets none.Too bad for us gooners though we’re kinda used to live with it.

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  69. peter

    i think he is good he plays nice and should join arsenal not man-united

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