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Wenger Mpressed with Mputu

Wenger Mpressed with Mputu

You may well have heard of Tresor Mputu, the 20 year old Congolese striker who it was rumoured Arsenal were interested in.

He has subsequently come to spend time with Arsenal, on a trial, reported to be for a ten-day duration.

It appears that he's done himself no harm during his trial spell either, for earlier on today, Arsene Wenger spoke to and expressed his positive thoughts about the way Mputu has conducted himself so far during his time with the club.

He is on trial and I have to go down to test him today.

He is a creative player and wants a chance in Europe. He has impressed so far.

The Gunners official website gives some details about Mputu's scoring exploits so far for his current club, TP Mazembe, in Africa's equivalent of the Champions League.

In his first four games in the competition, Mputu hit the net nine times, including two hat-tricks. Meaning that in the other two games, he got only three goals, which is, quite frankly, a pathetic return. Send him packing, Wenger.

I jest, of course.

Mputu's also tucked away five goals in ten outings for DR Congo, so it would certainly seem he knows where the net is.

Of course, there's no guarantee that Arsene, even if he is impressed with Mputu, will decide to sign the lad on a permanent basis. He was reported to be impressed with Wilson Palacios, the Honduran winger, during his time on trial, but in the end recommended him to Steve Bruce, who, as a man who knows who to listen to and who's opinion to value, promptly took a look at Palacios and signed him!

However, who knows, it might be that Mputu makes the sort of impression that you don't see very often. If Arsene signs him, rest assured that he's seen something in the player that have us all rather excited.

Watch this space...

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Date:Friday November 23 2007
Time: 8:31PM


I know we all have faith in AW and respect his opinion and judgment, but don't you all just crave for an established, high-profile player that would bolster the squad instead of Mputus and Palacioses? Don't you just wish a player like Kaka that would knock you off your feet? Don't get me wrong, Mputu could be the real deal, but I would love if AW forked out 20 mil. just to shut up desperate men like me :)
23/11/2007 21:07:00
patience young jedi. Arsene uses the force.
»»Arsene Knows««
23/11/2007 21:14:00
One of the reasons we have a sustainable cashflow and an admirable account balance is because Wenger does not allow the player pay scale to escalate out of control. When players like Kaka starts to demand something like 120k/week, other players will follow suit. We did pay Henry over 100k/week though but he had served the club well albeit we only paid him that kind of wage for 1 season
23/11/2007 21:32:00
he is nowhere near young wingston :P
23/11/2007 21:33:00
thats a football manager esque goal return! sounds like a real gem, no one better to bring him up than Wenger. Let us have diaby please, thanks.
23/11/2007 21:34:00
btw even if we bought kaka, where would we play him? I mean, who would you drop? except for eboue, I think this current team is perfect (well almost)
23/11/2007 21:35:00
p.p.s now if you said messi, I would have been all ears. Im sorry for posting trice
23/11/2007 21:37:00
toffeetower, i presume you're an everton fan? On FM07, Manuel fernandes was rated higher than Diaby. Agree with that or disagree? :) Any further developments on your stadium proposals? »»Arsene Knows««
23/11/2007 21:38:00
kidK,I know he's an old git - I'm just trying to make G4L feel better about himself :D
»»Arsene Knows««
23/11/2007 21:39:00
As much as I admire Kaka or Messi, no thanks. Arsene knows and he knows BEST.
23/11/2007 23:12:00
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