Victor Wanyama: Why Arsenal should go after the big Kenyan
Victor Wanyama Mugubi is a 22-year-old, currently plying his trade for SPL champions Celtic. When he arrived at Celtic, he chose the number 67 in respect to the club’s glorious history and past, especially as a former Champions League winner. He has impressed since joining the club in the summer in 2011 since signing from Beligum’s Beerschot AC. Victor Wanyama is a very versatile player who can play either in defensive midfield or as a centre back .
Wanyama stayed at Beerschot for 3 seasons before joining the SPL side, making 50 apps for the Beligan side and firing in 2 goals. He joined Celtic for a fee of £900,000, and since then he has got better and better in every game he has featured in, playing in over 40 games for the Scottish giants and netting 7 goals so far.
He is very strong in the air with a huge physical presence standing at over 6ft tall. Wanyama can also command both boxes – defensively and attack-wise – from set pieces and dominant, in and without the possession of the ball; being able not only to spray from side to side and from back to front, but also possessing the ability to dispossess his opponent with minimum fuss.
Victor Wanyama is akin to former Arsenal stalwart, Alex Song with his physical appearance and role at the club. He is the type of player anybody wants to see playing; an absolute joy to watch. The big Kenyan is also a vital player for his national team alongside Dennis Oliech of Auxerre.
Many big teams all over Europe are after him because of his performances this season, along with his reluctance to extend his contract at Celtic. Arsenal and Manchester United are just a few among the many teams monitoring the Kenyan powerhouse. This season he has helped his club to beat Barcelona – the first club to beat Barcelona this season and also becoming the first player from East Africa to score against the Spanish giants.
Victor Wanyama is the kind of player Wenger needs in order to fill the gap left by Alex Song. He is fast, steady, powerful, almost unbeatable aerially with a massive physical presence that the Gunners have been sorely missing this season, and ever since Song jumped ship last summer to join his old pal and skipper, Cesc Fabregas.