Arsene Wenger wants to bring talented midfielder to the Emirates.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keeping a close eye on Wigan midfielder James McCarthy , according to the News of the World.
Wenger sent Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley to watch the 19 year-old play against Bolton Wanderers recently. McCarthy only moved to Wigan over the summer from Scottish side Hamilton Academicals , where he had enjoyed two excellent seasons having made his first team debut aged 15.
McCarthy reportedly turned down interest from Liverpool and Tottenham at a young age. However, having impressed in a dozen games this season at Wigan, McCarthy could be set for a big club move with Arsenal showing their interest.
MaCarthy has already played at the Emirates Stadium, making his debut for the Republic of Ireland in the recent friendly against Brazil at the Gunners’ home. (IMScouting)
James McCarthy has been in the headlines for a few years now, ever since he made his debut as a 15 year old north of the border there have been a clamour of clubs looking to take on the talented teenager and it was Wigan who won the race for the Scottish born Republic of Ireland international and now it appears a move to the Emirates may be the midfielder’s next step.
Having arrived at the DW Stadium in the summer the Glasgow youngster had to wait until mid January for his first Premier League start during which he scored his first top flight goal and he hasn’t looked back since and has even won his first senior Ireland cap, having represented the nation at just about every level.
Arsene Wenger is known to be a fan and is reportedly ready to bid up to £9m for the 19 year old in the summer. Many may question whether the Emirates outfit needs more youthful players in its set up and indeed if McCarthy is quite ready to step up to a club as big as Arsenal but the youngster has already proven himself as able to flourish in the Premier League and if the Gunners do indeed make a move for the former Hamilton man I would imagine it would be very hard to stop such a move becoming a reality.