Arsenal Transfer News: Celtic's Victor Wanyama Would Be a Great Fit in Midfield

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 21, 2013

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 07:  Charlie Mulgrew and Victor Wanyama of Celtic challenge Andres Iniesta of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Celtic and Barcelona at Celtic Park on November 7, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
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Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama is the latest name to swirl around Arsenal transfer news, and Arsene Wenger would be wise to bring in the young Kenyan star for his first dose of Premier League football.

According to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, the Gunners have joined Fulham in expressing interest for Celtic's 21-year-old star.

Wanyama has all of the physical tools to be able to succeed in the Premier League. He's 6'2" and has the size and strength to push off would-be attackers without fouling. 

He's also proven to be versatile. Wanyama is young and hasn't been able to play among top competition, but Celtic's berth in the Champions League gave him the chance to show his potential in front of world-class clubs.

Most notably, he excelled against Barcelona in Celtic's 2-1 home victory over the club which many perceive as the world's best. His goal in that match made him the first Kenyan to score in the Champions League. 

Wanyama prides himself on the defensive end, but he can obviously get after it on offense by using his immense passing skills to shred opposing defenses. 

As Arsenal sit at sixth in the Premier League table, it's obvious they need to shore up some problems. Late-game situations have especially hurt the Gunners, and Wanyama could help in a plethora of ways in that regard.

Arsenal have no shortage of stud playmakers in the attacking end with Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott and more, but they could use a midfielder who has proven to be able to shred the needle and get them the ball.

Alongside fellow midfielder Santi Cazorla, who excels in attacking, Wanyama could further excel on the defensive end and give Cazorla more space.

He's a dangerous aerial threat on headers, which Arsenal have proven to be effective on with Olivier Giroud. But that's about all Giroud has shown himself effective at, so if Wanyama enters the fold, they could put in a better striker in place of Giroud.

Plus, at just 21 years of age, Wanyama isn't close to reaching his potential despite his incredible play as of late. The sky is the limit and he could quickly become one of the Premier League's best midfielders in a few seasons.

Wanyama won't be a cheap get for Arsenal, but Wenger should be convinced that the Kenyan international is a major piece to the Gunners' future.