Gunners have taken a fresh look at signing Kenyan midfielder from Saints following ankle injury sustained by captain Mikel Arteta on Tuesday night
Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama is among midfielders being targeted by Arsenal to replace Mikel Arteta, who picked an ankle injury during Tuesday night’s Champions League match against Besiktas.
The Arsenal captain was taken off in the 50th minute at Olympic Ataturk Stadium after a challenge from former Chelsea striker Demba Ba and reports indicates he could be out for a long spell.
Daily Mail has reported that Arsene Wenger has been focusing on getting his side through Champions League qualifier with Besiktas but has had an eye on recruiting a defender with Atletico Madrid's Toby Alderweireld and Kostas Manolas from Olympiacos among the options.
However, the need for more defensive qualities in his midfield remains. Much faith has been placed in the versatility of Calum Chambers but Arsenal have taken a fresh look at his former Southampton club mate Victor Wanyama.
The Kenya midfielder impressed scouts in last week's game against Liverpool where he helped suppress the influence of Steven Gerrard on the game.
While Morgan Schneiderlin earned plaudits for his return, Wanyama's performance was noted as he gave Southampton's defence extra protection and allowed the front five to advance in the second half.
Coach Ronald Koeman is a fan of Wanyama but the 23-year-old has become unsettled by the sales in the summer and is keen to see who else the coach brings in over the next fortnight.
Wanyama's role at Southampton has been understated but the statistics support his affect on the team with less goals conceded when he plays. The Premier League's top six are continuing to monitor his progress.
Arsenal have also asked about Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The talented 19-year-old is expected to spend another season on the periphery of PSG's first team and is keen to leave but it won't be easy as the French champions demand £24m for him despite his contract having just one year left. AC Milan have offered Rabiot a two year loan deal.