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That's Amaury!

The little known midfielder, Amaury Bischoff, signed on a free from Werder Bremen this summer and described as a gamble by Wenger has given an extended interview to Arsenal magazine. In it he gives some insight into his background, the fitness issues which Wenger sees as 'the gamble` and his style of play.

As a player most supporters had never heard of Bischoff is, in many ways, a typical Wenger signing and true to form he is a player that the club has watched for some time. Wenger knew of the player from his hometown club of Strasbourg prior to his move to Werder Bremen in 2005 from his participation in the French national junior sides. He won a number of caps at that level playing alongside players like Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa. Arsenal scouts watched his development for sometime prior to him being injured almost a year ago as he played for the reserves in what seems to be the German equivalent of our League 2. Amaury`s contract was due to expire this summer and consequently was free to talk to other clubs in January. Despite his injury this seems to be the time he became aware of the clubs interest in him, leading to him agreeing to join Arsenal in August.

The pelvic injury proved troublesome and required two operations to rectify but he seems confident of their success and is now working to achieve full fitness. I`ve just started running for the first time in my recovery and I feel good - I have no problems now he tells us I`ve been working hard with the very good physio team here and I think I am six or seven weeks away from a return to action

With fitness fully restored he is ambitious enough to wish to achieve his goals quickly I want to play for Arsenal's first team - not for the reserves. I`m realistic and know I`ll start at that level because I`ve not played for a while, but my aim is to play for the first team in any competition. His international ambitions are a little further down the line as he won`t be fit for the Portugal versus England U21 game next month but, as the Portuguese coach seems to be in fortnightly contact, there seems a desire to get him active internationally as quickly as possible.

He sees himself as an attacking midfielder playing either centrally or on the flanks I`m a creative player - not so much a dribbler but more in terms of passing, one-touch and two-touch. I`ve got good vision and think I can fit well into the way Arsenal play. Their quick passing style is one that I like and I watched the team a lot last season.

There seems little doubt that Bischoff is a genuinely talented player with Werder`s Managing Director Klaus-Dieter Fischer, disappointed at his departure, saying at the time We would be very happy to keep Amaury but he has decided to set up to a new challenge. Wenger sees this a gamble based on this talent which he expects to realise once Amaury is playing with full fitness restored. In the past players with talent like Overmars and Petit had joined the club at a time when there were doubts about their fitness. Let`s hope that Amaury Bischoff can emulate their success.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 27 2008

Time: 9:59AM

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I wonder if he is considered a partner for Cesc or not? from what he says, it seems maybe he would be too attack minded to break up opposition attacks. if thats the case, could he be a Cesc replacement for next year if Cesc goes to Spain? Could be replace Walcott on the right? 6 weeks to wait.
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27/08/2008 10:35:00

He might be a gamble because of his injuries (and we've got enough problems with them), but he cost nothing so it's a gamble worth taking. I'm sure Wenger knows whether, long term, he will play centrally or wide (even if he doesn't).
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27/08/2008 10:50:00

6 every other thing Arsenal, i'll take that with a pinch of salt and make it 12weeks..pardon me for being perssmistic. seems Wenger isnt going to sign a DM afterall
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27/08/2008 10:53:00

Arsene Knows, and when we start reaping the quality imbibed on this guy, we will surely know he is not a gamble
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27/08/2008 12:01:00

Have faith. Wenger always signs on deadline day. Diarra, Gallas - Alonso?
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27/08/2008 12:31:00

We dont want alonso, we need a player that can play in the champions league and i think he is already cup tied now isnt he?
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27/08/2008 13:52:00

You cannot rule out a player because he is cup tied. I personally don't think he is the perfect signing, but the fact that he has played CL football is not enough to ignore him.
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27/08/2008 14:02:00

He'll have his chance like the rest of 'em..hopefully he should take his chances and repay Wenger
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27/08/2008 14:38:00

Oh (from the limited reports I saw) I thought he's a DM..
Lou the Gunneress
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27/08/2008 15:20:00

Barry has issued a statement he isn't leaving Villa - is that the end of any potential Alonso move?
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27/08/2008 16:36:00

Not if they see Riera as providing the left sided balance they would have expected from Barry.
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27/08/2008 16:39:00

The thing that struck me about this little known player (when we first heard Arsenal had signed him) was this: 1. one of Germany's biggest clubs was upset that he'd chosen to leave them and tried to convince him to stay -- in fact, Bremen had tried to keep him under the radar so that he'd be ignored for int'l call-up. 2. The French and Portuguese national football federations--2 of Europe's biggest FAs--had wrangled over him, each claiming they had a right to his services; the FFF were not at all happy when they lost out on the dispute. 3. AW, one of the world's finest managers, thought he was worth the risk of taking him on, injuries notwithstanding. He must have some talent, no?
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27/08/2008 16:52:00

That Spanish tw*t Guillem Balague says we only need to offer 15 mil and we will have him.
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27/08/2008 16:53:00

Alonso that is.
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27/08/2008 16:54:00

only? as if its pocket change
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27/08/2008 17:43:00

well if the price quoted is correct then it would represent good value considering Barry would have cost more - it would even be less than Bent, which for a midfielder who has won the champions league, euros and with his pedigree & experiece and for someone who could walk straight into the team and do a better job than what we have would be good. but he is cup tied which is a factor and he would not be a typical wenger purchase
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27/08/2008 18:28:00

give brollymclaren sum stick 2night please
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27/08/2008 18:29:00

oh aye as for bischoff - lets wait and see
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27/08/2008 18:31:00

he come to us - gain his fitness, establish himself in europe and then ***** off to barcelona or milan
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27/08/2008 18:52:00

http:// sport/football/leagues/premierleague/ arsenal/2630779/Emmanuel-Adebayor-to-be-dropped-for-Arsenals-Champions-League-qualifier---Football.html Emmanuel Adebayor to be dropped for Arsenal's Champions League qualifier Adebayor has started poorly following a summer of uncertainty over his future. AC Milan and Barcelona were both interested in the Togo international, and though he eventually signed a new deal at Arsenal it is widely reported he will make way for Nicklas Bendtner against Twente this evening. Adebayor scored in the first leg in Holland, but has disappointed in his first two Premier League games of the season and currently looks a shadow of the player who scored six goals in his first four League games last term. Adebayor is far from alone in underperforming however, and Wenger admits he pulled no punches with his side following the defeat against Fulham. “I don’t remember being that angry after a game,” said Wenger. “I was furious because we didn’t create a lot. "That can happen when you are 1-0 down on a set-piece, but the way we conceded it. It was a special game where we knew it was important not to concede a goal on a set-piece. “And we didn’t manage to come back, which is unusual for us.” (The rest of the article goes on to quote Gallas saying how much the team needs to bounce back and perform in today's game)
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27/08/2008 18:52:00

Another bargain basement deal which will no doubt have the 'Arsene Knows' discipiles drooling. This guy has barely played first team football let alone at premiership pace and he's already going to save our season. This is more than a gamble. It's a joke.
Wyn Mills
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27/08/2008 18:57:00

The comments around here are negative enough that they could be lifted directly from a certain american arsenal site. That isn't a compliment.
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27/08/2008 19:17:00

Whats that site? Id like to give them some ***** :D
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27/08/2008 19:27:00

TEAM NEWS: Ade’s on the bench. Bendtner and RVP to start. Djourou to start, Toure on the bench. McLaren’s missing a key striker due to injury.
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27/08/2008 19:57:00

there are so many others then alonso tom, so why should we sign a player that we cannot field???
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27/08/2008 21:10:00

Hope after tonights game the doom mongers will give this blog a rest; but what could one expect. Go you gunners
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27/08/2008 23:30:00

Achilles, I suppose thats why we are after De Guzman. I was just saying that the entire basis on which you sign a player should not be on his CL availability.
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28/08/2008 12:21:00

I believe in this case it is, we need to perform in the CL and need a big player to fill that slot
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28/08/2008 22:28:00


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