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Arsenal: Luke Not A Free-man

Gillingham manager Mark Stimson has denied that his prized asset, Luke Freeman, has completed a dream transfer to Arsenal.

The media had been reporting that Arsene Wenger had up a deal for the 15-year-old last week, but it would appear that that is not the case.

When asked about the youngster, Stimson replied: 'He's still a Gillingham player. Luke is in the process of maybe going across to Arsenal.

'At the moment the chairman and someone from Arsenal are sorting the details out.

The Gills boss also revealed that his club will recieve nowhere near the £500,000 that the papers have been claiming Arsenal will pay for him. 'I've read that they'll pay £500,000 for him and I said to the chairman 'happy days' but it's not going to be anywhere near that type of money unfortunately for us,' said Stimson.

'It will be something that, if he makes the grade at Arsenal, then we'll get rewarded and there will be some kind of fee for the transfer. He's a special talent.'

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Tuesday January 15 2008
Time: 7:23PM


Watch this space i suppose. I get a sense that Arsene's planning ahead for a future team and he is trying his best to secure and nurture the best young English talent for it. Imagine that - a mainly English Arsenal team! I must admit i have never seen Luke play, but have heard good things.
15/01/2008 19:42:00
If we do sign this kid, let's just be a little more intelligent this time and not burden him with the ridiculous hype we have subjected Theo to just because he is English. Please don't listen to those dumbasses in the media this time. It will only inhibit him and hinder his development.
Little Dutch
15/01/2008 21:20:00
arsnal, english player, HYPE HYPE, that wont do at all! he sounds like a good prospect for the future, and i hope he can make it into your team - but there is never a guarantee of that.
15/01/2008 22:20:00
and thats assuming you get him!
15/01/2008 22:20:00
Arsene signs potential and talent, not Englishmen. At least Xenophobia doesn't rule at the Arsenal
15/01/2008 23:23:00
If it does goes through you can see the headlines already. Arsenal Signs an Englishman.
16/01/2008 03:51:00
Yeah HK cos Arsene's never signed an Englishman before??? Spot on LD, here hopes he aint another Pennant.
16/01/2008 10:06:00
The problem is they dont get much of a chance. Wallcot is a prime example of someone with so much talent who now look lost and lacking in confidence. I think if he had come through your youth system then he would have been sold by now. But when you pay 10 mill (was it) then Wenger cant sell him because he would only get about 2 and 6 for him.
16/01/2008 10:36:00
Slightly off topic but it looks like we have drawn Liverpool away in the FA youth cup. Going to be a tough game for the youngsters as they have won it 2 years in a row. Seems Lansbury tore Burnley apart in the last round so hopefully he can do the same again. He looks like a good player and guess what. He's English.
16/01/2008 11:09:00
We only paid £5m for Walcott with up to another £7m depending on appearances, caps, trophies won et c., so i reckon we would get our money back. But there is pressure from the fans to play someone described as a 'wonder kid', fuelled by an absurd media hyping anyone English, who forget the kid part of the description. Then inevitably you get some fans, even on these forums, questioning whether an 18 year old kid is able to make the grade if he doesn't win young player of the year in his first year. Had he come through our own system I am sure we would have integrated him a little more carefully. If we do sign Freeman fans expectations need to be more reasonable.
16/01/2008 11:10:00
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