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Three shock Premier League midfielders Arsenal should consider signing

1) Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama has been a player who was linked with Arsenal prior to his arrival in the Premier League with Southampton in July 2013, and since joining the Saints has proved himself in the division.

A solid, dominating midfielder it could be argued on the face of things he is exactly what the Gunners need. The Kenyan has played his part in Southampton having the meanest defence in the Premier League so far this season.

Having made 34 tackles and 18 interceptions in the 12 league games he has played this season compared to 36 tackles and 23 interceptions made by Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic – so Wanyama’s stats stand up against those at the top. He would also arrive at the Emirates with Champions League experience from his time with Celtic.

2) Fabian Delph

Fabian Delph may not be many people’s first choice in the defensive midfield position by the signing could make sense in January.

The ex-Leeds United man will go into the winter window with just six months to run on his current contract, and has revealed he is in no rush to sign an extension, meaning Aston Villa may be forced to cash in. Having made his England debut against Norway back in September, which capped a brilliant season for the combative midfielder last season, Delph’s career appears to have really taken off and a move to a Champions League club would be the next logical step.

Delph may not have experienced right at the top level, but given the commitment he’s shown for England, he’s certainly capable of getting there.

3) James McCarthy

James McCarthy signed for Everton from relegated Wigan Athletic last summer, following ex-Latics manager Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park. A fee of £13 million had a lot of people thinking the Toffees had overpaid for the Republic of Ireland international, but he has since begun to more than pay that back.

His partnership alongside Gareth Barry at the heart of Everton’s midfield led Martinez’s to 72 points last season, a record number of points in the Premier League for the club.

Despite arriving with a lack of ‘big game’ experience, though he did play in Wigan’s FA Cup final win over Manchester City in 2013, McCarthy has relished the chance of playing at a higher level with Everton. A move to the Emirates could help both Arsenal and McCarthy realise even more of their potential.