Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama is apparently still hopeful that a move to Arsenal will be possible in the near future, but his poor disciplinary record may well have put Arsene Wenger off the idea of signing him, according to the Mirror.
A shocking tackle from the Kenyan saw him issued his third red card of the season against West Ham, and he’ll consequently miss Southampton’s next five games. He will have missed a massive number of games by the time the season comes to a close, and that is not likely to please Arsene Wenger.
His current manager Ronald Koeman certainly wasn’t impressed, and suggested Wanyama really needs to start learning from his mistakes.
“It’s his third red card,” Koeman said.
“That’s not good because you have to learn from mistakes.”
The Mirror’s report claims his poor temperament could potentially have scuppered any potential deal with Arsenal, and Wenger will now be looking elsewhere this summer, regardless of availability.
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Wanyama is unquestionably a talented player, and his impressive physical attributes would certainly add something to a fairly lightweight Arsenal midfield. Wenger puts a lot of stock in personality though, and wouldn’t want to bring a player to the club if he there was a risk of upsetting the team balance and cohesion.
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On top of that we already have Mohamed Elneny, so another midfielder is unlikely to be a priority this summer. There are other areas of the team that need our attention and finances, so hopefully we plug the leaking holes first before padding out other areas of the squad.