Arsenal are believed to be monitoring the situation of Southampton defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama. The Kenyan International who has been a target for the Gunners and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur starred in the Gunners disappointing draw with the Saints on Wednesday.
Following the loss of Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United last summer, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman declared there was no possibility in letting Wanyama leave St Mary.
The Sun reports that the Gunners are keeping an eye on the 24-year-old tough tackler who is stalling on signing a contract extension despite having just 17 months left to run on his current contract.
That comes with little surprise considering the former Celtic man previously asked for a transfer at the end of last season after learning of Spurs’ interest in signing him. Southampton are thus trying avoid Wanyama entering the final 12 months of his contract as they know they could be forced to sell him for a reduced fee or risk losing him for nothing at the end of his deal.
With the expected departures of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Thomas Rosicky when their contracts come to an end this summer, Wenger’s interest in recruiting a midfielder or two is hardly a secret. Wanyama could very well fill a void at the Emirates should the gaffer beat Spurs to his signature.