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Arsenal Complete Double Signing

Arsenal Complete Double Signing

The headline may be ever so slightly misleading, but it is true that two players have signed contracts at Arsenal today.

The first, and most significant, is that of Abou Diaby. The French international has commited his future to The Gunners by signing a contract extension that will see him stay at Arsenal untill at least 2012.

There had been some speculation over his future after he expressed his displeasure at his lack of playing time. Since then Le Sulk II has left and Gilberto has shown us just how quickly a player can go from being a leader of men and a linchpin in our midfield, to a fringe player who has no future at the club. That leaves Diaby, Denilson and Flamini to battle it out for the starting place alongside Fabregas. Arsenal's double F midfield may be untouchable at the moment, but Diaby will be egar to fight for a place there, or indeed on the left wing.

Wenger didn't have much to say on the subject when asked, but he did confirm the deal after Arsenal's 3-0 win over Newcastle. Wenger said: 'Abou has signed a new deal until 2012.'

Arsenal's second signing is a real signing. Arsenal today confirmed the capture of 15-year-old striker Luke Freeman. The former Gills youngster will sign on youth terms for two years, after that time he will sign his first Professional contract at the club.

Wenger described him as an 'interesting signing' when he spoke of him. 'He is a young striker who comes from Gillingham,' said Wenger. 'He is left-footed with a good eye for the goal. He is brave and has a good, positive personality.

'He is only 15-years-old of course so we need to be patient but he's a very interesting prospect. He is another one for the future.'

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Wednesday January 30 2008
Time: 6:59PM


glad diaby signed on, just cant help but wonder about that wierd headed fool diarra, he should have waited till next season, what did he expect signing so late in august ? to walk into a winning eleven ? does anyone feel that the shape of his head might impact on his brain ??
30/01/2008 19:17:00
Freeman hasn't convinced me for Arsenal yet, I know he's only played once in the U-18s but what a waste of money, complete failure etc..............
Little Dutch
30/01/2008 21:19:00
I agree, if we win nothing this season, I'm officially starting the "Freeman OUT!" campaign here and now!... useless!!!
30/01/2008 22:03:00
I'm with LD, useless little *****. Surely the next Theo Walcott, bound to fail. English players are over hyped *****e.
Ozi Gooner
30/01/2008 22:20:00
"Wenger's English flop again!" I hear some press/people cry. LOL Seriously though, speaking of kids, did you guys watch the ATVO highlights of the FA Youth Cup game at Anfield? Gibbs, Randall and Szenczney (can't spell the young keeper's name, the Polish kid who's also Woo-kash's friend) played so very well. Didn't deserve to lose, certainly not in that manner - it's an unfortunate own goal, and one kid got sent off for a defensive mistake. Just that the Liverpool kids were a bit more solid defensively. It made Steve Bould so disappointed. Looked like he didn't want to talk about it in the post-match interview. But the performance itself was great, lots of promise there. Glad the kids got some more competitive experience under their belts. Oh, no, actually they're completely useless, tactically far off and should all either be loaned out to Birmingham or sold on to retire at Portsmouth in this January window! LOL
Lou the Gunneress
30/01/2008 22:27:00
LD am I reading it right your already to throw the towel in on Freeman? Expect Ozi to throw sh..te at anything English, (clowns who call other states backwater places and attempt to ruin a tourist industry, and get upset because someone calls them a monkey) but hardly you? The lad is only 15 for heavens sake.
31/01/2008 03:23:00
yup..complete failure..but we pay just a liitle for him though
31/01/2008 03:36:00
alwaysgunner, do they have satire on your planet?
31/01/2008 08:40:00
hey rocky, the link of click to mail the editor is not working for me, can u give me an alternative email address of yours? i need to get ur interview for my journalism tabloid.. kindly reply here asap.. and yeah.. awesome news ab diaby.. we wont want to lose another central midfield player after diarra so soon seeing that gilberto wont stay for long..
31/01/2008 10:00:00
You nearly had me going there wit th headline - i thought maybe Arsene had come up with another last gasp signing we didn't know about! Its good news that Diaby is staying though as he will come good. Luke Freeman? Interesting, but its well early people lets not build up any hype around him just yet. Not really news of any significant impact to our title challenge such as the capture of Kaka or Modric that i was waiting for!
31/01/2008 10:17:00
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