James McArthur is a Scottish footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Wigan Athletic and the Scotland national football team. His profile is that of a central midfielder. McArthur started his career at Hamilton Academical and was part of the team that won the 2007–08 Scottish First Division title. He made over 190 appearances for Hamilton before joining Wigan in July 2010.. He made his debut in January 2005 against Ross County.. Such was his progress that he was given the captaincy for Hamilton against Aberdeen in February 2008 for a Scottish Cup tie and nominated for the First Division Player of the Year for the 2007–08 season, owing to his imporessive statistics. On 5 April 2010, McArthur went on a three-day visit to Premier League club Wigan Athletic with a view to a permanent move in the summer. He signed a four-year contract at the DW Stadium on 23 July for a fee of around £500,000. James scored his first goal for Wigan in a 3–1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur but followed it up two games later with a winning goal over Bolton.