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Mikel - Silve Lining Or Sheer Lunacy?

Mikel - Silve Lining Or Sheer Lunacy?

With rumours circulating the internet that not only is Arsene Wenger interested in signing Man United's Mikel Silvestre, but that the player is already at Arsenal HQ and ready to commit.

If rumours are true, what do we the Arsenal fans make of it?

Let's look at the player. Mikel Silvestre is a versatile figure who can play anywhere along the back line. He's got great premiership experience, knows how to win and is of International acclaim.

Not a typical Wenger signing at 31 years of age, but in theory, he could do a job for us.

With Arsenal appearing to surrender a player to the treatment table with every match, how long is it going to be before we lose a essential defensive figure? Would Silvestre just be a stop gap until Wenger deems Senderos, Djourou or Traore sufficient to step up to the plate?

In typical Arsenal style, blogosphere is going mental at the thought of Wenger snapping up a player deemed not good enough to play for our fiercest rivals. However I feel that had Le Boss already brought in a defensive midfielder then the reaction to this rumour would be much more blase.

But this begs the question, should this rumour come to pass, does Wenger still intend to bring in a midfielder, or is this us for the summer?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday August 20 2008
Time: 11:54AM


A midfielder will still definitely arrive. I could see the logic in this for the reasons outlined in the article, he's the experienced sort of player we are crying out for and would need no adaption time. But, isn't he rather injury prone nowadays? And isn't he a little too similar to what we already have? I was hoping for a hulk of a centre back who would be a first choice in the side alongside Gallas, Silvestre doesn't strike me as the aerially dominant presence we need.
Little Dutch
20/08/2008 12:19:00
does anyone know how real this is ? was he given a free by that red faced whiskey nosed git ?
20/08/2008 12:21:00
The one thing we really don't need is another injury prone player. But then again I don't know exactly how bad Silvestre is. If you're right about the Midfielder LD, then I think this is a decent enough signing, especially with the nominal transfer fee and it opening up the opportunity for Traore to go on loan and gain some vaulable experience!!
20/08/2008 12:24:00
Gilvy - According to the offical Man Utd website he still has one year left and would leave for a nominal fee!!
20/08/2008 12:25:00
lol, this won't happen. SAF won't sanction this. remember heinze to pool? didn't happen.
20/08/2008 12:29:00
Difference is korodon was that Heinze was a first team regular, plus with Silvestre having only one year left United will want to take all the cash they can. They know he won't win us the league so what would be the problem? Plus can't he just buy out of his final year?
20/08/2008 12:33:00
I can't believe people are even debating this, it's a terrible terrible signing, easily the worst Wenger has made and yet another solid piece of evidence that Arsenal FC have been talking complete ********* for three years, they "Don't want" a player like Torres and manage to lose Flamini and Diarra, yet they happily pick up the cheap scraps of a Man Utd has been. I'm falling out of love with this current arsenal side, there are just a too few many names which are not and never will be Arsenal players - Eboue, Adebayor and now Silvestri - Arsenal have no money for transfers, it's blatantly obvious.
Professor Calculus
20/08/2008 12:34:00
thats why i wondered was he on a free, because first i heard he was talking to man city then hes coming to us ? man ure would hardly let either happen ???
20/08/2008 12:39:00
Arsenal News Review reckons he's already at Highbury House about to sign. It's neither the best or the worst signing by Arsene, certainly the strangest given his age and injury record. But we definitely are missing a Grimandi or Remi Garde like squad player, and Clichy simply cannot go on all season at the rate he does IMO. All we need is a stop gap until Traore is ready to back up Clichy properly, and his experience won't harm us. Plus he has won things!
20/08/2008 12:49:00
It's obvious to me that Wenger is gunning gor some form of Mother Teresa of Calcutta saintdom, there is no other feasible explanation why St Arsene of Alsace would be surrounding himself with the weak, the lame and the infirm :)
20/08/2008 13:00:00
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