Arsenal need to move fast to beat United to Wanyama

Arsenal are workinh hard to bring at least two quality players to the Emirates before the transfer window closes in just over a week. Most people seem to think that one of these will be a striker, with David Villa and Stevan Jovetic two possible transfer targets. The other is likely to be a defensive midfielder, possibly a player in the same mould as Abou Diaby. With the club also short on centre backs, Arsene Wenger may well opt for a player who can also fill that position in an emergency.

A player who ticks those boxes is the 21-year old Kenyan international Victor Wanyama, and Wenger has been tracking the Celtic star for some time, apparently. The Celtic manager Neil Lennon wants to keep Wanyama, obviously, but has hinted that he expects clubs to bid for him and will not stand in the way of the young man’s footballing progression.

If Wenger is undecided about taking a risk on Wanyama, he may have to make up his mind sooner rather than later, though, because Manchester United are likely to bid for him in the summer. Alex Ferguson was in Glasgow for the funeral of Celtic legend Sean Fallon. The night before, he was a guest at the match and was extremely impressed with the all round contribution of Wanyama, including a goal.

The Sun reports today that Ferguson is planning to try and sign Wanyama in the summer, so Arsenal will have a tough battle on their hands if we leave it until then. A decent offer now, however, should be successful in making the powerhouse a Gunner, and I for one hope that it happens. Wanyama has got the lot, but is still learning and Wenger could make him world class.

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63 thoughts on “Arsenal need to move fast to beat United to Wanyama

  1. henry

    Come on wenger.get wanyama and jovetic.and win Fa cup and Champions league.what Beautifull play against west ham.and i miss beautifull play by arsenal.

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  2. Joe

    Wenger obviously either has him in his sights or doesn’t. The transfer business is kept very secretive which is good I think. Everyone seemed to think we were in for Zaha but were actually never interested. So this could be another rumour but I think he’d be a great addition, just what our club needs.

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  3. arsenal1996

    i was talking with my friend yesterday and i told him that arsenal must buy victor wanyam, somebody to replace alex song. i am very happy to learn this news right know , hope its righ.

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  4. Hugh

    According to mediaset, Arsène Wenger is ready to bid up to €26m for stevan jovetic…. Lets do this! COYG

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  5. Sharkseven

    Off Topic: Our arsenal scout Giles Grimandi has being at spotted at afcon for his scouting mission.Wenger saying he working hard to secure new player.let see it true or just a typical wenger lie.COYG!!!

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  6. Henry

    So Manure are top of the league and are looking like strengthening their team with Zaha and Wanyama. I know Zaha will most probably be loaned back to Crystal Palace but it shows their intent. Come on Arsenal show some ambition and bring the quality that we need!

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  7. craig2500

    I have a feeling the forward Arsene is looking for may need to play on the wing as Giroud and Walcott would be central. Villa would fit that mould but does Jovetic? let me know

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  8. GDL

    Jovetic/villa/Cavani doubt it and diame/wanyama/capoue and we will go undefeated the rest of the season

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  9. GDL

    @ craig2500 yeah Jovetic can play anywhere in the front even as a cam he has great ball control and nasty dribbli

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  10. mighty

    It’s so obvious that we need a Dm m’villa is not available wanyama is a good player we are about to loose one of our target to united(zaha) now wayanma! Please wenger sign the boy.

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  11. ams

    Zaha to man u…wanyama to man u…we will go for a 17 years old wunderkid…typical wenger…

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  12. lpw

    hummels to arsenal for 17.6 mil reported this morning on msn daily express and mail, that would be nice

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  13. mac11gooner

    MAN UTD put a bid in last night night for him… It gt rejected!! So yeh we will have to move quick!!!!

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  14. A Goonersville Citizen

    Knowing Arsène, he probably feels he can’t fit a new player in his ‘good’ squad. I have serious doubts he will get Wanyama. Wenger will tell the media he will buy when someone really special comes along, then over time, will turn around and say so-and-so will be back soon from injury so no need for signing. Every other club so far seems to move for ‘our’ targets and sign them only to be told later that they weren’t even our targets to begin with. You simply cannot tell what that man’s thinking. Very annoying indeed! That’s why sites like this one survive, so we can speculate who should be bought.

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  15. the gun

    Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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  16. GDL

    We have to atleast get one player come on wenger buy some players the fans are pumped up we want to see some players come to the club good ones though

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  17. bob

    Wenger Wenger Wenger, Ya right,……Zaha Wanyama if they go to United good luck to them, we were never in for them, Never…..my players are Quality, it is had to find players better…. In January especially, they are all cup tied and too expensive, you would have to pay double to get them.

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  18. US4rsenal

    If Prince POLDI plays like this from wing, Giroud will definately come out to be a beast infront of Goals. Well done boys!!!

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  19. aggowaggo

    I just read that arsenal are going to bid 26 mil euro’s for jovetic!! pleaseeee let this be true!!

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  20. El Blaze

    Wishes, hope, speculations that’s all we get. Wenger has turned Arsenal and us all into window shoppers. We wish we would buy while others just simply go ahead and buy. We wished for M’ Villa like forever, he is gone, we hoped for Mbiwa, Newcastle simply stepped forward and paid. Hoped and prayed for Ba, Wenger mysteriously said that he was not good enough(but i think he actually meant not cheap enough), the same goes for Zaha, not to mention the likes of Mata, Hazard , Kagawa and many others in the past. My dear fellow Gunners, i advice, don’t hold your breath over Wanyama, Stevan Jovetic or any other player as a matter of fact.

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  21. Baldylox

    Zaha going to manure wenger needs to get his ass into gear if he wants to sign any of his targets

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  22. Henry

    So apparently we have put a bid of £17.6mil for hummels and a £26mil bid in for Jovetic! I didnt realise the circus was in town today! Would love to believe it but I frankly can’t see it! On this occasion however I would love to be proved wrong!

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  23. CUT

    Wenger will have to make his move by this weekend for Wagamama sorry Wanyama as he will have to apply for new UK work permit.

    Below from Sky website:

    However, Sky Sports understands that, because Wanyama is Kenyan, his work permit, which is more than likely to be granted, would need to go to appeal as his country are ranked outside the world’s top 70, which is a criteria set in the UK.

    So, in order to finalise a deal for Wanyama, a bid would need to be made prior to next Thursday’s deadline and most likely by the weekend to give the process enough time to be completed.

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  24. lpw

    when asked about transfers wenger said “No [I have nothing to tell you]. That is why I have to shorten the press conference – I have to do some work” that says to me at least one signing on its way

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  25. bob

    Jovetiv- Arsenal, more shit storys…he just sign a 5 year deal with his club

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  26. ARSinsider

    Look, Wenger is a top man, but unfortunately he has an excuse of not getting an attacker, so people don’t get your hopes up, I doubt he will get an attacker as i’ve been reiterationg he believes he has depth for central striking, with Poldi strike just proves it, I feel we will be geting a Defender and DM , as Verm may get injured soon (injury prone), and I would like to think Wanyama will come but more like Diame

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  27. elliot

    Wenger as being Wenger will never sign any player with the potential of challenging anyone in his favourite squad. That man must go sooner than later so Arsenal can have an ambitious coach.

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  28. Abu

    We miss the two Ds to lift FA CUP, Diame and David Villa. Wanyama is yet to mature for EPL.

    mOMBASA, kENYA.

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  29. AmericanGooner

    Nothing has linked us to a move for him, this seems like a fans Target and we are all going to get excited for Wenger to say we were never in for him.

    I just want it to be February 1st so we know our team and the constant speculation will end.

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  30. sKeeza

    @ Bob Most people? It’s more like you linking most people with our club,

    Bob bashing again!

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  31. skin

    Well we need to act fast as diame has stated his intentions to stay at west ham

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  32. PetePaff

    I just hope that yesterday’s victory won’t cost us a transfer window…I can already see these greedy administrators/manager say: Look, 5-1 against West Ham, why would I spend money?

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  33. EdenoftheEast

    Ideal for a top 4 finish, but not likely. And cup tied!

    Wanyama 10m
    Villa 12m
    Hummels 18m

    So the alternative would be:

    Diame 3.5m
    Jovetic 20m
    Williams 8m

    8.5m cheaper(leaves enough for a keeper), available, and Premier leagues proven.

    Any others who might be worthy of a mention?

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  34. Ymer

    Would love to see Mats Hummels and David Villa joining my beloved Arsenal –
    Go´for it Arsene – You can do it ;)

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  35. JackDeLeon

    Fellaini and David Villa will sign for Arsenal by the end of this windows. Remember where you hear it first

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  36. REN

    We could have had Cahill for 7 mill last year , all this is nonsense ,we have missed the boat and we know it, we will continue to go backwards until the day Kroenke decides to sell the club to someone that cares for it ..

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  37. Thala

    Fiorentina have signed G.Rossi and they r trying 2 sign Matri from Juve as Jovetic Replacement. [Twitter]

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  38. El Blaze

    @Ymer sorry to burst your bubble you are not going to see any of the two. Wenger sign Hummels? yeah right!

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  39. Jaro

    I want Capoue, Hummels, Wanyama and Jovetić.
    Nothing elsa is needed
    Get rid of deadwood and board.

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  40. johnverdal

    i heard few rumours that wenger was in germany to negotiate for mats hummels of dortmund. looks like mr bean is sick and tired of conceding goals.

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  41. Neil

    Loads of rumours about Hummels. It’s doing my head in. Rumours too abound of a young full back named Jorginho from Serie B. David Villa seems back on. Jovetic doing the rounds. Wanyama seems like Utd vs Arsenal. If it’s a bidding war, we may just see just how much money we really have.

    I would not pay more than:

    Hummels 26m (the best CB on the planet)
    Villa 14m
    Joevetic 24m
    Wanyama 20m

    Just get ‘em in!!!!

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  42. Neil

    All those raving about Ashely Williams are missing a trick.

    Ashley Williams is a very good CB. Chico Flores, his CB partner is even better.

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  43. jyotika

    Wenger and the Board are not going to buy anyone keep dreaming.

    How many times we are linked with the good good players and they all went to other clubs also we are going to loose Wanyama to MAN U.

    Boys played well yesterday and Wenger will say we don’t need anyone.

    I hate it. Why are always this club lying to the fans and giving us a belief that they are going to sign.

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  44. Gooner Cape Town

    Diame pledges allegiance to Hammers so there’s that one out window. Wenger has been throwing smokescreens guys, he doesn’t want any other club to know who his real targets are that’s why he said he likes Diame and he likes so and so…
    Let’s just hold thumbs he pulls 2 signings off by early next week.
    COME ON YOU WENGER!!
    COYG

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  45. Neil

    @goonerCapetown

    You may be right.

    Wenger has had so many bids hijacked by Chelsea he’s got to be cautious.

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  46. trm

    Jovetic and Wanyama = £35million appox.

    Get to the quarters in Champsions League = £28million appox
    Get to the semi’s in Champsions League = £34million appox
    Win the Tournament = £47million appox

    Arsenal from TV rights alone both home and abroad earned us £56.2million last year.

    Thumps up if you think we can afford Jovetic & Wanyama

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  47. WalnutCreek Gunner

    Will be zero signing this window. Raise hopes at your own risk!

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  48. SuperJackyWilshere

    Is it just me. Or does anyone else think Arsenal might have something in place for Newcastle’s Tiote? If you think about it, although he is at AFCON he would be PERFECT! And look at Newcastle. They normally play a form of 433 but will probably change back to 442 and they JUST signed Sissoko from Toulouse for 2mil. Sissoko and Tiote cannot fit. I understand teams want competition. But Newcastle would have Ben Arfa/Marveaux for RM. Gutierrez/Obertan for LM Cabaye/Anita/Sissoko/Bigirimana who they seem to like. That’s not even mentioning their reserves/youth teams. Call me bat crap crazy. But I think I am on to something

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  49. Kemp hater

    if we dont buy wanyama it will be our biggest mistake in the last decade, suspect the cheap option diame.

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  50. gonner4life

    Rumours , Rumours dats all we c on this site if no mention on skysports news we r buying no one.
    Hummels…Paul Arnold Garita?…Diame wants to stay a Hammer…Capoue…Carvni…Jovetic…Wanyama…Fellaini…Jorginho wo plays for verona in Seria B? Come Wenger *Board spend some f**kin money please..WE WANT R ARSENAL BACK..COYG..

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  51. Hademe P

    Cool your temper faaaaaaaaans, talk is on going to bring brilliant German defender Hummels from Borrusia Dortmond. No Wayama, no Diame but Hummels is Arsenal bond.The idea of Cuenca’s loan should be buried,if we can’t get Jovetic, Villa should come on loan otherwise Lopez Andrian is an excellent prospect.We don’t need Diame for any reason.Infact there are three players i don’t really like in EPL, Diame, Jones and Quadrelliga.I pray none of these players will ever wear Arsenal shirt.

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  52. yamyam9113

    We desperatley need Wanyama. He has the physical presence of a Yaya Toure, the passing ability of a Steven Gerrard and can score important goals as he proved against Barcelona. Even if he is 20 million, he would still be worth it considering he is only 21.

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