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Arsene's Chequebook is Still Open

Arsene's Chequebook is Still Open

Arsene seems intent on keeping everyone guessing what actions he might take in terms of the transfer market. Earlier this week he had dampened expectations somewhat by indicating his reluctance to 'kill young players` by blocking their path into the first team with new imports. Having invested time and money in recruiting and incentivising young players he was naturally keen not to undermine assurances he had given them that they would get their chances earlier with Arsenal than other teams.

Today he has told Setanta Sports after the pre-season friendly against Barnet that he still expects to recruit this summer. Giving his thoughts on the type of player he said, "We can get one player with experience, yes. It could happen yes, one, maybe two maximum, but one certainly. I cannot give you any names but we still think to bring one player in."

Explaining his dealings so far he said "We lost two good players but we bought two players and we have good young players coming through. We don`t live in an ideal world. Flamini was at the end of his contract, Gilberto I gave him the opportunity to leave because he was 32 and [was offered] a three-year contract and that was in a strong position."

There is an attraction to join Arsenal, believe me, because we have more demands than players who want to leave us he continued I think Flamini was free to leave last year and nobody cared about it, you know. He had a good season and then he left. But he was free to go last year and that is part of football.

The Boss also believes that Adebayor will stay at the club, Adebayor is under contract. We expect him to turn up on Monday and practise with us. I am very confident he will be here at the start of the season.

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Date:Saturday July 19 2008
Time: 10:37PM

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Great to hear the boss say this. But lets hope he brings in some experience. We've lost 3 pretty experienced players this summer and brought in Ramsey and Nasri, but an older head or two is still needed IMO.
19/07/2008 22:46:00
Someone is on the way, I feel it. Wenger's comments lead me to guess that there is a transfer negotiation in full swing. The sly old fox. Difference between Wenger and the rest of the managers is that he has the good grace to keep his dealings a secret until something has been agreed with the other club. Who will we bring in? Well that's anyones guess .... this is Arsene Wenger we're talking about!!
19/07/2008 22:49:00
In that case he will be some 12 year old we've never heard of!!!!!LOL
19/07/2008 22:54:00
what that proves is what it proves every year - wenger knows what he is doing, who he is signing and when he is signing them - he always keeps his targets secret, he always keeps his signings secret and he always keeps surprising us! we are in good hands, like we are every year - and we know we'll be challenging for honours again - just need that little bit of luck this year - that is the only thing that kept us from winning the champs league and prem this season - and everyone knows that, not just gunner fans
19/07/2008 23:26:00
Gunnerkid said there was that "classic Arsene grin" i.e. :> yeah indeed. Now that I've watched that interview in video, I'm confident that he's got something good up his sleeves, he just didn't want to tell us until it's 100% done. I have a feeling the "experience" he referred to might mean he's signing someone already playing in the EPL, to make up for the EPL exp lost in Gilberto/Flam/Hleb/Jens.
Lou the Gunneress
19/07/2008 23:41:00
If they are already in the prem, who do you think it is Lou???
19/07/2008 23:48:00
I don't know MrA, it looks like Ade's staying and I don't think we lack attacking players as things stand. I'd start with the DM position cos that's the biggest hole in the team right now. I personally thought Barry was a good candidate ever since he said he'd considering leaving Villa for CL football, way before he started getting linked to anyone. But he only really caught my eye with impressive consistency last season, I thought he was just solid/good before. But I think Arsene would like his versatility, especially when Hoyte's probably on the cards and Barry can be a back-up full-back, a utility man like Flamini with a bit more passing ability but without the crazy work rate really. I also always liked Xabi Alonso and was surprised that Benitez gave him so few games last season, which was part of the reason why he didn't do too well. But when given the chance, he did well enough for Spain. All that said though, I don't see Arsene spending so much, I honestly don't know!
Lou the Gunneress
20/07/2008 00:02:00
Have to agree with you about Barry. Last year he really seemed to perform on a different level. Maybe because he's reaching his prime, which would be an ideal time to get a good solid player who can both tackle and pass. The only down side seems his apparent desire to join Liverpool. Alonso would be a good signing, and like you i was surprised he got so few games last season. I know everyone is saying we need someone in the Flamoney mould, but surely Alonso is capable of putting a tackle in? The press seem to think we have sounded these players out, buy maybe the cunning Mr Wenger is waiting as long as possible knowing full well both clubs want/need to sell, and he might get a better deal!! ;-)
20/07/2008 00:12:00
I just don't get it though, even if Alonso gets sold, they'll still have Mascherano and Gerrard first-choice in the middle...unless Barry wants to play on the left side of midfield?
20/07/2008 02:45:00
Barry seems expensive and I'm not sure that Arsene wants to give up on Justin Hoyte yet. I would also think he is less than impressed with Martin O'Neill revealing our possible interest if true as he likes to do everything under the radar. The strengths of Barry are his premiership experience and that he can play left back if necessary. Whether he can play the Arsenal style though is another matter. If he is coming it should be sooner rather than later so that he has time to settle into the team and get his head right as I'm sure all the summer speculation has not helped him mentally.
20/07/2008 08:21:00
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