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Arsenal Starlet On His Way Out

Derby County boss Billy Davies has revealed that talks are underway for signature of Ryan Smith to take him to Pride Park.

Smith has long been tipped to be a future star of Arsenal and has been held in a very high regard amongst the backroom staff, but it appears the player does not have what it takes to break through into the first team.

Davies told BBC Radio Derby: 'He's a very good young player who we think can bring good quality to our side.

'We're hoping to get the deal concluded in the next few days and talks are moving in the right direction. We are just trying to agree terms.'

These comments add more fuel to the fire regarding Arsene Wenger's statement saying that no transfer, in or out, were near completion. Could it be that the Arsenal gaffer is holding his cards very very close to his chest this season?


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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Wednesday July 26 2006
Time: 5:08PM

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just another young english player wengers let go...
sammylash
26/07/2006 17:27:00
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I am just waiting for all the comments asking why Ryan Smith hasn't been given a chance. One thing I'd like to ask all the people who think this is; If Ryan Smith is so good and you think that Wenger should be giving him a chance, why is the only club coming in for him Derby County?
Rocky7
26/07/2006 17:42:00
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Right on Rocky7. Somebody name a youngster Wenger has let go who has subsequently made us regret it.
Little Dutch
26/07/2006 17:45:00
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It's all very sad because I thought that Smith could make, but the sheer fact that not one Prem club has come in for him is testament to the fact that he is not good enough for title contenders.
Rocky7
26/07/2006 18:10:00
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Have to say I'm disappointed. Not just because he's English. I'm disappointed when every highly rated youngster from our academy doesn't make it. But those are the odds. After his injury, he hasn't seemed quite as aggressive. Really a shame. Both he and Ali were so close to the first team only to have injuries hit them. Well, best of luck to Ryan. For certain I think Wenger felt burned by the events of last summer with Baptista and Robinho and has reverted back to his cryptic Mona Lisa ways in the transfer market.
Tripping
26/07/2006 18:13:00
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Little dutch, wenger may not regret letting pennant go, but nobody can say he hasnt made it signing for liverpool, who are at present a lot better than us.
Ashburton Gooner
26/07/2006 18:24:00
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i`d like to see him as a top player there
kenyanrudeboy
26/07/2006 18:30:00
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Liverpool have only signed Pennant because he is like a poor man's David Beckham. He doesn't do much, but he's got a hell of a cross and with thir 'hoof it up to Crouch' style of play, they need someone to get it in from wide. I genuinely hope JP goes on to have a prosperous career, he's made some bad choices but I feel sorry for him as he's had quite a turbulent life as a whole. But somehow I don't think Liverpool will work for him, we'll see in time.
Little Dutch
26/07/2006 18:47:00
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AG - He hasn't made it - yet. Signing for a big club doesnt automatcially mean youve made it, just ask Francis Jeffers or Igor Stepanovs.......where are they now??
Rocky7
26/07/2006 18:53:00
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Rocky7, fair point but none of those players got signed by a club as big as arsenal went backwards to places like birmingham & then moved back up to the top level with liverpool. He has proven himself in the premiership which is why liverpool signed him. Pennant continually got the man of the match award last season for birmingham.
Ashburton Gooner
26/07/2006 19:22:00
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