Victor Wanyama has been heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the past, and club legend Robert Pires has recently called for Arsene Wenger to sign the powerful midfielder (via The Independent).
The Kenyan has now responded to the Frenchman’s comments, and has given a somewhat safe answer when it comes to a potential move away from Southampton.
In an exclusive interview with Soka25East.com, Wanyama revealed that he had no intention of getting into a discussion over his future or a potential Arsenal transfer, but also didn’t rule it out.
He was clearly looking not to rock the boat at Southampton, and suggested if any transfer was going to happen then it would require Arsenal to make a formal approach.
The 24-year-old was in trouble for talking about his desire to leave earlier this year, and is obviously looking to avoid the same thing happening again.
“As an Arsenal Legend i respect Pires views but again lets remember the dynamics are completely different on the ground a player cannot take himself to another club to be signed just like that,” Wanyama told Soka25East.com.
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“Its always upon a club to make a move for a player and not vice versa and i would not like to be caught in the bad situation like in August so as per now i am concentrating on my football at Southampton seriously and treating sentiments just as sentiments.Its upon anyone who wants anything to do with me to talk directly to my team that is when it can be done”
It seems unlikely that Wanyama will be making the switch to the Emirates in January, even if Arsene Wenger does make a formal approach. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman recently claimed he wouldn’t be selling any players this January, not even for £100m (via Sky Sport).
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Wanyama would certainly be an excellent acquisition, but if we want to see him in an Arsenal shirt we may have to wait until the summer – if it happens at all.