James McArthur aiming for more Wigan starts next season

James McArthur
McArthur moved from Hamilton to Wigan for £400,000

James McArthur wants to see more first-team football with Wigan next season, after the club secured its Premier League status.

The Scotland international made 24 appearances for the Latics last season, following his move from Hamilton.

However, 15 of those appearances were as a substitute, and McArthur is keen to secure a regular starting berth.

"You want to keep playing, you want to be involved more and more and that's the aim next year," he said.

Roberto Martinez has used McArthur sparingly in his first season in English football, but the player is happy with his debut campaign in the Premier League.

"It's been brilliant. I think if you had offered me 25 appearances for Wigan at the start of the season I would have bitten your hand off," he said.

"I'll just keep working hard in training and becoming a better player, as I think I have done already this season."

McArthur watched from the bench as Wigan pulled off a dramatic last-day escape from relegation.

"On the Sunday I went through every emotion, but it was all worthwhile," he said.

"It was so important for the club to stay up, not just for the players and the manager, but for everyone around the club.

"Next year we will be looking to kick on again, and I think if we play the way we did for the last 13 games we will be fine."

Despite seeing very little action in the recent Scotland internationals, McArthur is delighted to be involved regularly with the squad and feels that the national team is heading in the right direction under Craig Levein.

"It was just great that the gaffer gave me the opportunity to be involved in the squad again," he said.

"I think the last few games that we have played, the manager has shown a great belief in our play.

"Even against Ireland we created numerous chances. We got the ball down and played and I think that is the way forward for Scottish football."

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