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.'