Football can look so simple from the outside can’t it?
But we think that’s because it is a simple game which top managers regularly over think.
For example, few (except perhaps Arsene Wenger) would argue with the notion that Arsenal would be serious title contenders every year if they strengthened their spine with a top anchor man and a world class striker – with all due respect to Olivier Giroud who continues to bang the goals in.
This idea is not lost on Arsenal legend Robert Pires, who has made a plea to Arsene to bring the brilliant Kenyan international Victor Wanyama to the club. He is quoted in The London Evening Standard as saying:
“I know Wanyama,’
“He is a very good ambassador of Kenyan football and has done well in Southampton but I hope he signs for Arsenal in the future.
“He has the speed, skill and physique.
“However, I think he needs to score more goals because then he will be world-class material.”
Most suspected that Wanyama would make a swift and successful transition from Celtic to Southampton in 2013.
He has indeed been a big success in The Premier League and bossed The Saints’ midfield with great power and authority. He also has lovely technique ‘for a big lad’ and we must have wondered a thousand times why Wenger hasn’t bought a player like this for Arsenal – did he secretly not rate Patrick Vieira? Does he not see the need for a physically commanding anchor man?
Based on recent history, the answer is apparently ‘no’. But Arsenal would be a far better side if they had one. And Wanyama ticks all the boxes.
Let’s see him in action.