Wanyama rose to prominence around Europe with a series of impressive displays in the Bhoys' Champions League run this season, including a towering header in a famous home win over Barcelona.
And Jean-Marie Abeels, who nurtured the Kenyan in his JMJ Youth Academy just outside Nairobi, has revealed the Gunners have made his former pupil a top target.
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"Wenger spoke to Celtic around a month ago and Victor’s father and his mother Mildred says he would prefer to go there before any other club.
"I will be speaking to his parents again in a week’s time and Victor also. But I already know that Arsenal have a big interest in the player.
"Everything can change in a minute. It takes just one phonecall. It’s all a bit of a show at the moment. It’s all a game. It’s all about money. But Victor wants to go to a club where he will play.
"He is still young and I have told him he needs to be careful about when he takes the really big step. I think myself that it’s better that he has a step in between before going to the really big level.
"Celtic play nice football. But every competition is different and the English Premier League is the really big one. It’s just a question of what level Victor goes to.
"Van Persie went to Arsenal then moved on later to Manchester United. Victor can do the same if he goes to Arsenal. And I believe that is what he wants. He wants to go to Arsenal."