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With West Ham confirming they are in talks with Inter Milan over a possible loan deal for the chunky Brazilian striker Adriano, who finds himself down the pecking order at the San Siro, Arsene Wenger has revealed that he turned down a similar loan deal for the striker, revealing that part of the criteria that Internazionale wanted was an Arsenal player going the opposite way in a return loan.

Le Prof is reported in The Times as saying. "The agreement was for a loan. Adriano has qualities we don`t need. They wanted to give us a player but wanted one back in return. I won`t say who it was. I didn`t want to lose the player they requested. I didn`t necessarily think Adriano would upset the balance of the squad.'

Arsene then went on to say, "I have bought Eduardo Da Silva. I already had Emmanuel Adebayor and Robin van Persie and I brought Nicklas Bendtner back. I still have Theo Walcott and Abou Diaby can play through the middle. Why should I bring more forwards in? I have big faith in my squad and they`ve proved me right so far this season."

Diaby Does Gallas (or is it all Much Abou About Nothing?)

Now here's the bit that grabbed my attention - Abou Diaby down the middle. I know he played there last season in the Bolton game in the 2nd half, he and the beast getting in each other's way when we were going for goals.

Does Le Prof really not know Diaby's best position, or is he trying to pull off some new masterstroke with Diaby being a marauder in ever sense of the word, playing middle, wide and up front? Will this do the young Diaby any good, going from position to position? I always thought a player was better off settling into one position and learning how to play there (but then I am certainly no Arsene Wenger...).

Apologies for the subhead - I had to squeeze it in somewhere - consider it a reference to Diaby's 'versatility' in so many positions, will CD be next for him?

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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 28 2007

Time: 8:45PM

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If we had taken Adriano he'd have probably been turned into a CB or summit by Wenger lol, I don't care where he chooses to play Diaby I just want him playing and regularly.
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28/08/2007 21:43:00

nice headline(s), I wonder who the mysterious player was that Inter wanted in the return swap, perhaps not a forward if Adriano is surplus ... can I start the speculation with our Rosicky?
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28/08/2007 22:23:00

I bet 10 bucks it was Nik Bendtner who they wanted.
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28/08/2007 22:25:00

That's what I was thinking too JakeB. Not sure where Diaby fits in unless its Bert's place in a 4-4-2 or beside Fab in a 5-man midfield.
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28/08/2007 22:28:00

Wow, you lot are having cheeky headlines(and headlines descriptions, was I the only one who noticed?). lol
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28/08/2007 22:33:00

Kevin!! How are the hot (female) asses on Copacobana beach!
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28/08/2007 22:36:00

Nice headline writing there Wingers. I bet the player in question was Gilberto.
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28/08/2007 22:45:00

Very well.Unlike Arsene(thank god) , they do fancy a having a brazilian...
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28/08/2007 22:47:00

Perhaps Paddy Viera has a player he wants to reunite with at Inter and asked for a deal to be done ... we still have a few Frenchmen left.
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28/08/2007 23:05:00

Salacious yet subtle, a great headline. Possibly Rosicky?
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29/08/2007 01:30:00

Wasnt Inter after Bendtner a few weeks ago?
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29/08/2007 01:37:00

The player Inter wanted on loan was none other than *drumroll please*.....Flamini. They wanted someone versatile who can play across the back 4 and midfield because they've got a lot of Argentines in those positions still tired from the Copa America.
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29/08/2007 02:37:00

I've got the feeling it was Rosicky or Hleb, Figo and Dejan are getting old and can't run around all season with the CL coming. Plus they're the only decent attacking midfielders inter's got so that's why they'll go crazy for either Rosicky or Hleb.
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29/08/2007 03:48:00

I recon it would've been Rosicky or Bendtner.
Ozi Gooner
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29/08/2007 06:53:00

hey kev...looks like ronaldinho is comin ur way if i remeber correctly ur not a big fa of ronaldinho are u wat r u gonna do
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29/08/2007 09:46:00

id say it was Rosicky they wer after aswel..they are lackin in the wide positions and tom hasnt exactly settled in to well wit the gooners.wer yet to see his best
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29/08/2007 15:05:00

i would have to say maybe they wanted gilberto? werent they saying they were tryin to bring him to italy and such?
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29/08/2007 15:29:00

jus a doubt can somebody see wat i post? i dunno if my comp has a problem or not
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29/08/2007 17:53:00

i can karley.. anyways.. think it could be bendtner or gilberto.. and ofcourse.. wenger wouldnt be interested in losing any of these feckin' fine players.. i hope to see bendtner start with rvp in a mtach very soon.. he creates space for him.. and wins a lot of aereal balls too..
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29/08/2007 18:44:00

I am not a huge ronaldinho fan because he puts his team above the national team.But if he moves to chelsea, why would I complain?
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29/08/2007 18:58:00

the mystrey man is ........................................... GILBERTO!!!!!!!
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29/08/2007 23:38:00


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