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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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Writer: Wingston Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 23 2007

Time: 8:31PM

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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 :)
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23/11/2007 21:07:00

patience young jedi. Arsene uses the force.
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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
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23/11/2007 21:32:00

he is nowhere near young wingston :P
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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.
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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)
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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
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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««
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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««
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23/11/2007 21:39:00

As much as I admire Kaka or Messi, no thanks. Arsene knows and he knows BEST.
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23/11/2007 23:12:00

Glad to see he is impressing, if he is good as they say he is then it will be a good addition to the team at a very small price.
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24/11/2007 00:16:00

look who's speaking! the evergreens Wingers and kidK! lol. And easy there on Kaka. Him on 120k in an Arsenal shirt week-in, week-out is a big yes. Especially taking into account the VAST difference in quality between him and say Lumpard or Ballock. Any and every team in the world will have a place for him in the starting 11 unless they'd be literally MAD. Goofle, for all my efforts - I could not decipher what you were so cheekily trying to imply. Back to Mputu. Would he mprove our mpressive forward line or is it mperative to find an mple defender?
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24/11/2007 04:40:00

sorry G4L, i couldn't joining in! You do realise that my reply was Mpending. I think it's Mportant to state that although Kaka wold of course be a welcome addition to the Arsenal first team, it's so unlikely to happen due to Arsene's frugal nature with the club's cash. I hope you don't think my reply Mproper.
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24/11/2007 08:15:00

well u neva know do seem arsene will be pumped with cash this winter or even next summer....and well kaka doesnt seem too happy in italy and remeber he said that if he were to ever move it'd be to it'd be brilliant with kaka down the left...hleb down the rite ...fab in the centre wouldnt it...could be one of the best midfields in the world...
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24/11/2007 09:02:00

karley, it already is ;)
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24/11/2007 10:42:00

Lads I know we all support our players and often think they are better than they are, but ask where you would play Kaka and Messi. Come on!!
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24/11/2007 13:44:00

If Arsenal can get either Kaka or Messi, I would replace Adebayor from the starting lineup play either one of them beside Van Persie. I'm sure, if we ever get one of them (I know we won't since Wenger will never dish out large amount of money for them) but they both work hard and I'm sure they are not the type of star players who party long into the night just before a match like i.e. Ronaldinho or Adriano. I like our current lineup (with the exception of the GK, still has to prove himself), but we can make room for those players.
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25/11/2007 00:20:00

Well yeah...but i think with kaka down the left it mite the best that has ever been.........c'mon if we ever get a chance to go for kaka we defo shud.....i mean he has got everythin and he really is a very nice fella....devout catholic n all...ahhh....
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25/11/2007 07:03:00

Karley he is a Cathoilic, So he will join up with a group of muslims don`t think so keep dreeming!
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25/11/2007 22:37:00

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25/11/2007 22:37:00

Kaka is a protestant. But really, who cares what religion they have or don't have as long as he plays good football.
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25/11/2007 22:52:00

cockeril, that is the most idiotic post you ever made and you made quite a number of them here. If you want to post xenophobic comments, you would feel more at home back to the rest of the cocks in spurs vitalfootball.
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26/11/2007 03:09:00

Maybe we should sign Mputu, then natralize him as an Englishman, just so as to impress Fergy and Macka. Either that or sign him as an African, and beat Manure 5-0 at old Traford!
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26/11/2007 04:41:00

All that witchcraft and voodoo will defo put him off he is a deeply religious man and would not enter the Devils Den. Toure looks like a witch doctor..He he..
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26/11/2007 11:40:00

you are ass, cockeril.
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26/11/2007 23:24:00

How on earth does Arsene keep finding these players? Is it Arsene or is it your scouting system? Would you contiinue to unearth these gems if Arsene left?
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27/11/2007 11:41:00


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