Victor Wanyama reportedly claimed that Arsene Wenger has ‘let it be known‘ that he wants to sign him.

That’s the story that was doing the rounds, but he’s now denied them, of course, immediately after we’d written this post (see end of post for update).

The Southampton man was heavily linked with a move to the Emirates before he signed for the Saints and it has been his teammate, Morgan Schneiderlin, with whom the Gunners have been linked with recently.

Southampton’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (L) vies with Hull City’s English midfielder Tom Huddlestone (R) during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Hull City at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, southern England on April 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK

Earlier in the week there were reports that Arsenal’s interest in Schneiderlin had cooled because of how well Francis Coquelin was performing and it is also believed that Chelsea are interested in signing the Frenchman with claims being made they are willing to offer John Obi Mikel as part of any deal.

If Wenger has decided against signing Schneiderlin because of Coquelin it would seem odd, then, that he’s interested in Wanyama, but that’s what the player is allegedly claiming and it’s unlikely his comments will go down too well with the St Mary’s faithful.

“Wenger has been talking about me, he has let it be known he would like to sign me this summer”, Wanyama told the Sun (or didn’t tell the Sun if you believe his updates).

“Arsenal are a great club and I’d love to play Champions League football as I loved being on that stage with Celtic.

“But we’ve had a fantastic season at Saints and I want to stay focused on helping the club qualify for Europe.

“Then we’ll see where I end up in the summer.”

Wanyama then took to Twitter to deny this story so it seems like we were right with our initial scepticism.

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