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Wanyama linked to Arsenal again

By DAVID KWALIMWA

Lee Dixon has become the third former Arsenal player inside a fortnight to “advise” the English club to make a move for Kenyan star Victor Wanyama.

As has become the norm whenever the mid-season transfer window nears, the Southampton midfielder’s future is yet again the subject of speculation.

Wanyama almost joined Tottenham Hotspur in August but the move fell through after the Saints refused to release him. He has previously been linked with other English big boys Manchester United and Chelsea.

This development though, hasn’t stopped the trio of former Arsenal players from publicly expressing their admiration for the Harambee Stars captain.

“We do need someone in that position, so I’d go for Wanyama.” Dixon, a former defender said.

WORLD CLASS MATERIAL

Last week while on a working trip to Nairobi, another former Gunner, Robert Pires, recommended the Wanyama to coach Arsene Wenger.

“I know Wanyama. He has speed, skill and physique. I think he needs to score more goals because he will be world class material,” Pires said of the Kenyan international.

Englishman Ray Parlour, who played for Arsenal in the exact midfield position that Wanyama thrives in at the moment, has also urged his former boss to make the move.

Wenger’s side is currently second in the English Premier League table with 33 points after 16 rounds of matches. The Gunners are however missing the services of influential midfield players Santi Carzola, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Francis Coquelin through injury.

Wanyama, who is represented by Spanish based Agency ExtraTime, is currently valued at about Sh3 billion by Southampton.