Arsenal legend hopes to recruit Southampton midfield star

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With injuries to Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta ravaging Arsenal’s midfield depth, Gunners legend Robert Pires is doing all he can to bolster the team by sweet-talking one of the club’s top transfer targets: Victor Wanyama.

According to the Evening Standard, Pires has been singing the praises of Wanyama and has tipped him to be an ideal transfer target for the Gunners in the upcoming transfer window. The Southampton defensive midfielder has started the majority of the club’s Premier League fixtures and is 24 years young.

“I know Wanyama,’ Pires said in an interview with Kenyan journalists.

“He is a very good ambassador of Kenyan football and… 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.”

Last season Wanyama scored three goals for the Saints and made 32 total Premier League appearances. Fouls have been a bit of a problem for him this season as he has already accumulated three yellow cards and a red card. Wanyama has also attracted interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

Pires won a pair of Premier League titles with the Gunners from 2000 to 2006 as a winger.

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