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That's Amaury!

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
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.
gazzap
27/08/2008 10:35:00
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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).
navydave
27/08/2008 10:50:00
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6 weeks...like 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
number14
27/08/2008 10:53:00
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Arsene Knows, and when we start reaping the quality imbibed on this guy, we will surely know he is not a gamble
TW14
27/08/2008 12:01:00
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Have faith. Wenger always signs on deadline day. Diarra, Gallas - Alonso?
themadafrican
27/08/2008 12:31:00
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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?
Achilles
27/08/2008 13:52:00
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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.
Tom14
27/08/2008 14:02:00
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He'll have his chance like the rest of 'em..hopefully he should take his chances and repay Wenger
ajwb
27/08/2008 14:38:00
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Oh (from the limited reports I saw) I thought he's a DM..
Lou the Gunneress
27/08/2008 15:20:00
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Barry has issued a statement he isn't leaving Villa - is that the end of any potential Alonso move?
Gooner_Vin
27/08/2008 16:36:00
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