Arsenal step up Wanyama pursuit after sending a scout to Parkhead for Juventus match

According to Daily Mail, a senior Gunners scout was dispatched to watch the Kenyan ace as Hoops' European dream crumbled after falling to a 3-0 defeat

Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Celtic powerhouse midfielder Victor Wanyama after sending a scout to monitor the Kenyan ace in Tuesday night's Champions League defeat to Italian giants Juventus.

According to Daily Mail, a senior Gunners scout was dispatched to Parkhead for the clash that left Celtic's European dream hanging by a thread after falling to a 3-0 defeat.

Arsenal sources claim the midfielder's performance in Tuesday's clash against the Serie A champions would be pivotal in whether Arsene Wenger and his chief scout Steve Rowley decide to solidify their interest in Wanyama, given the higher-calibre opposition.

Wenger will be in the market for a defensive midfielder in the summer after failing to land Toulouse star Etienne Capoue on transfer deadline day. In addition to Wanyama and Capoue, West Ham's Momo Diame has also been watched extensively by the Gunners.

Wanyama was in great form against Juventus and despite Celtic dominating large swathes of the game and testing Gianluigi Buffon on a number of occasions, the Hoops were ruthlessly punished by the Italian champions three times on the counter-attack.

Alessandro Matri struck an early blow for the visitors, and in the closing stages Claudio Marchisio and Mirko Vucinic were on target to leave Neil Lennon´s men facing a monumental task for the return leg in Turin at the start of March.

Wanyama forced Gianluigi Buffon into a save within the first two minutes with a swerving drive from distance before Ambrose fired wide after a forward foray from defence.