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Want-away Victor Wanyama must focus on Southampton, warns Ronald Koeman

Published 31/08/2015

No go: Victor Wanyama was left out by Southampton
No go: Victor Wanyama was left out by Southampton

Ronald Koeman has told Victor Wanyama to follow the example of Morgan Schneiderlin and give his best to Southampton despite wishing to leave the club.

The midfielder was left out of the matchday squad as Saints picked up their first Premier League win of the season with a comfortable 3-0 victory yesterday over 10-man Norwich who had Steven Whittaker sent off.

Koeman said that Wanyama was not "mentally and physically good enough to play'' against the Canaries and, after seeing his side brush off Norwich courtesy of a Graziano Pelle strike and a brace from Dusan Tadic, he revealed the details of a conversation with the Kenyan last week.

"It is a difficult situation because Victor mentioned himself that he is not with his mind to the team," Koeman said.

Koeman insists Wanyama will still be a Southampton player when the summer transfer window closes tomorrow evening despite the former Celtic star telling the Dutchman he wants leave.

Tottenham are leading the chase to sign the player.

England striker Theo Walcott is convinced he will rediscover his touch in front of goal as he attempts to help Arsenal mount a bid for honours this season.

The 26-year-old made his first league start of the season at Newcastle on Saturday, but saw chances go begging as the Gunners battled their way to a 1-0 victory - through a Fabricio Coloccini own goal - over the 10-man Magpies, who had Aleksandar Mitrovi sent off.

"I enjoy playing anywhere in the front line and the manager (Arsene Wenger) gave me the opportunity. It's a shame I couldn't help him out there by getting those goals, but they'll come, definitely," he said.

West Brom won 1-0 at Stoke, Spurs drew 0-0 with Everton, Bournemouth 1-1 with Leicester and Villa 2-2 with Sunderland.

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