McArthur hopes McCarthy stays
James McArthur hopes James McCarthy stays at Wigan despite the temptation of joining a bigger club.
Last Updated: 01/06/11 4:11pm
James McArthur expects James McCarthy to be tempted by the prospect of moving to a bigger club, but hopes his team-mate stays at Wigan Athletic.
Republic of Ireland international McCarthy has been strongly linked with a summer move to Liverpool after enjoying an impressive season during Wigan's successful bid to avoid relegation.
Latics chairman Dave Whelan says there have been no offers for the midfielder and McArthur understands why his colleague could have his head turned.
"I'm sure he'll be tempted if there are offers there," said McArthur.
"To be linked with teams like Liverpool and Arsenal is very tempting but I'm sure he'll want to keep playing.
"So it's a Catch 22 and a hard decision for him again."
McArthur, 23, who arrived at Wigan last summer, is not surprised that the player he grew up with in Hamilton's youth set-up is apparently wanted some of the top clubs in England.
The Scotland midfielder said: "I always believed he would play in the Premier League and when I saw him make his debut and he was doing so well, I knew he would kick on, and he has.
"Playing with him this season has been brilliant, he is one of our top performers."
McArthur admits his team-mate was a source of inspiration to himself and other players in Scotland following his early impact in England.
"He was a young boy at Hamilton and has gone down there and become a Premier League star," McArthur said.
"He has been linked with so many moves, it shows how well he has done."