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WIGAN ATHLETIC PLAYER PROFILES

JAMES MCARTHUR
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  • JAMES MCARTHUR
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UPDATED 07:27 17th July 2012

In the 2012/13 season McArthur played 40 times for Latics, including featuring in every round of the FA Cup bar the fourth round tie against Macclesfield.

His non-stop positive attitude and willingness to fight for the cause has been a prominent feature since he joined the club and in recent seasons he's added goals to his game.

McArthur scored the winning goal in a 2-1 home victory over West Ham United in October 2012, adding to his tally in January with a superb outside of the foot goal against Stoke City.

Another impressive goal followed in the fifth round of the FA Cup against Huddersfield Town and he netted for a fourth time in the thrilling 3-2 victory over West Bromwich Albion in May, coming on as a substitute and immediately levelling the score at 2-2.

McArthur joined the club in the summer of 2010 from Hamilton Academical, re-uniting him with former team-mate James McCarthy. It is the pairing of the two as battling, central midfielders that has seen him make an impact, particularly in the 2011/2012 season.

The Scottish midfielder struggled to hold down a regular first team spot in his first season at the club, playing in just 18 of the 38 Barclays Premier League games but in the 2011/2012 season his introduction into the team as a substitute against Tottenham Hotspur, marked a period of success for the whole team, it so happens that he scored in the game as well as Latics lost 3-1.

From there on in, McArthur became one of the first names on the team sheet, with his passionate displays making him a firm fan favourite, particularly when he scored the winning goal in February 2012’s derby game against Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium.

The former Hamilton man went on to score one more goal in the 11/12 season as he opened the scoring in a 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at the DW Stadium.

Prior to his move to Latics, McArthur had built up a big reputation in Scottish football at Hamilton and showed his potential from an early age as he made his debut in 2006 against Clyde FC aged just 19.

Alongside McCarthy whilst at Hamilton, he helped the club gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League in 2008 and prior to joining Latics ensured that his side stayed in the division with a seventh place finish.

Such has been the development of the midfielder, that he has earned himself a place within the Scottish national side. After making two under 21 appearances whilst at Hamilton, McArthur received his senior debut in November 2010, coming on as a substitute against Faroe Islands. 

He went on to score his first goal for Scotland in the Nations Cup in 2011 against Northern Ireland, chipping the ball over the Irish keeper from outside the penalty area.

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