McArthur tips old mate to stay

Liverpool have been strongly linked with a move for the Republic of
Ireland midfielder, who has made more than 50 appearances for the
Latics since moving from Hamilton two years ago. McCarthy, 20,
became a key player for Wigan last season and McArthur feels his
former Hamilton team-mate will be anxious to maintain regular
first-team football. “I’m sure he’ll be tempted if there are offers
there,” McArthur said. “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.” McArthur’s thoughts are already
focused on next season’s Premier League campaign as he looks for
personal and collective improvement after Wigan survived on the
final day of this campaign with victory at Stoke. “We’ll be looking
to kick on and push up the table,” he said. “We had aims this
season to finish a touch higher but it was just great to stay in
the league. “I’m sure we’ll be okay if we play the way we did in
the last two months of the season.” McArthur added: “At the start
of the season I was a wee touch thinking ‘look where I am now’.
“Now I realise where I am and I’m just trying to do as well as I
can where I am. “I want to play more games. I played in 25 this
season but only started a handful. “Next season I want to play more
and start more. I’ll just keep training hard and hopefully become a
better player again.”