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Arsenal Sign Another Starlet

Arsenal have struck a deal that will see French teenager Gilles Sunu move to the Grove on a four-year contract in the summer.

The Gunners have won the race for the highly-rated Chateauroux striker, beating Premiership rivals Liverpool in the process.

Now Sunu has turned 16, it has been confirmed that the French youth international will continue his footballing education under Arsene Wenger in North London after the two clubs came to an agreement.

Arsenal are believed to being paying between 1-4million Euro's (£680,000-£2.71million) for the teenager who is hoping to become the latest French starlet to shine for The Gunners.

Sunu will move to England in July and is expected to put pen-to-paper on the four-year deal when Chateauroux president Michel Denisot meets Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein in April to finally ratify the deal.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday March 24 2007

Time: 1:55AM

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Another example of Wengers eye for talent. The man is looking 5 years ahead for us. Trust in him. As one of the boys always says Wenger Knows!!!
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24/03/2007 04:18:00

I thought we got this guy in december.
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24/03/2007 06:03:00

not that its not good or anything.... I mean its gr8 to have young talent at the club but MAN i'd love it if we could sign a couple of very good experienced players. this squad will develop into a gr8 team but without any new signings i dont see us seriously challenging for the championship next year
Spartan Gooner
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24/03/2007 06:38:00

Agree with SG...its great that we have signed another great youngster....but right now we need to get some experienced players into this team.
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24/03/2007 07:37:00

How does anyone know if he is another great youngster, has anyone seen him play??............Trying to buy the worlds most sought after youth is all well & good but these players are all coming through together so cannot all get the chance to play & most will eventually be sold off. It doesn't automatically follow that the ones you keep are the best, so unless Wenger is planning having a frontline of seven strikers per match I don't see the point......Has anyone else noticed he only ever signs young forwards & midfielders, he very rarely buys young defenders.Is this a deliberate ploy or a flaw in his plan??
Ashburton Gooner
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24/03/2007 08:37:00

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24/03/2007 10:06:00

today is for manu and chel$ki,tomorrow will be for us,dont think buying in anybody would change anything in the honors stakes,except disrupt our finely balanced building programme,it would put out the wrong signals for our future development if the youngsters are always looking over their shoulders at the experience walking into the first team ahead of them
fran merida
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24/03/2007 11:36:00

We will buy a couple of more experienced players in the summer, but if young talent is out there, why not get it? AG, unfortunately, defending is a dying art. But there again, Traore, Clichy, Djourou, Senderos, Hoyte have all come through recently.
Little Dutch
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24/03/2007 12:18:00

Arsene IS concentrating on the present and winning trophies. But he is also planning for an arsenal team 5 years down the line at the same time. I dont see why they cant go together. AG - Djourou and Senderos are both young, so are Hoyte and Traore. Cant see Arsene being biased towards mid-fielders and strikers.
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24/03/2007 12:26:00

Unfortunately, I also think Arsene is looking ahead to smooth the way for his predecessor in a couple of years. He doesn't have to do this, his legend would be assured, but he is putting the club's long term future ahead of his own ego. Something a certain manager of a certain London club would know nowt about.
Little Dutch
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24/03/2007 13:20:00

No defenders? Traore, Clichy, Djourou, Senderos, Hoyte, Eboue, Gilbert, all young defenders brought in or on by Arsene and his staff, we also have Garry, Connolly, G. Hoyte and O'cearuill battling to come through. A flaw in your argument rather than in Arsene's plan.
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24/03/2007 13:20:00

Hi everyone, I'm new to the site. It's great to have a new signing for the future and Wenger normally gets these things right. However, I really think we need one world-class player for the first team to take us to that next level. Either a striker or a attacking midfielder. I was thinking about how much we've missed Pires this year, surely he would have put away some of the numerous chances we've created this season!
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24/03/2007 15:02:00

No doubt LD, that he is looking out the club's long term future. Hopefully, he wont go not in a couple of years, coz I think he can and should stick around for another 5 years atleast.
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24/03/2007 16:05:00

Welcome GV!! I've been thinking the same thing. Bobby offered us so much, width, link up play, a nigh on telepathic understanding with Henry, and of course, goals!!!
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24/03/2007 16:32:00

well the pires debate was months ago,and it was all agreed then that we missed him more than anyone this season
fran merida
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24/03/2007 17:10:00

Of course we miss Pires, the Pires of three years ago would have this team challenging for the title. Unfortunately, if there is a player in the world fit to lace his boots, we certainly cannot afford him.
Little Dutch
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25/03/2007 14:40:00

R7, Hoyte, Garry, Connolly & Gilbert were not bought by Wenger (that really was a pointless list, unless you want me to reply with hundreds of midfield & forward youngsters that have come through the academy). O'cearuill was not brought in by Wenger, Banfield discovered he was being released by watford for free so got him signed. Traore, Clichy, Djourou & Senderos were all brought in & yes Wenger may have signed them but thats 4 players, now compare that to how many midfielders & forwards he signs & you will find it doesn't compare. Eboue is 23/24 so not a youngster & he was a first team regular for his club & also a full international. I on the other hand am clearly talking about the signing of 16-18 year olds, not established players. You seem to assume that everytime I post it's to slate Wenger when in reality I am just putting forward a question. Wenger isn't very good with defenders & thats a fact, he tries converting midfielders to play there. His obvious strength is attacking & midfield players so therefore I am asking the question would it not be better for Bould or someone similar to try & find the defenders & Wenger stick to what he knows best??
Ashburton Gooner
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25/03/2007 17:28:00

I would question that he doesn't know what he's foing with defenders, Gallas and Campbell are hardly average, he discovered the likes of Toure, Eboue and Clichy from nowhere. It's true that attacking is more his bag, but our goals conceded column has always been extremely impressive under Wenger. The problem is, we got used to the greatest back four football has ever seen, so comparitively we will always look poor at the back.
Little Dutch
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25/03/2007 18:02:00

I don't know a lot about this player but it does sound very exciting. It is nice to know that youngsters want to come and learn there trade under the mighty Arsene! It goes to show how much respect he has in world football! Looks like he's done it again!
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25/03/2007 21:26:00

So just because he didn'y buy them he's bad with defenders? Not a pointless list in the slightest. It doesnt matter where these players come from aslong as they have been identified as good players and brought to our club is all that matters. Eboue is still young, just because he's a full international doesnt mean he isnt young. Wenger bought him at 20 years of age, and in general players peak between 27-29 years of age which leave Eboue plenty of time for improvement. Wenger has produced or bought (I'll state once again, it doesnt matter how we come across these players as long as they wear red and white) more than 4 defenders in the last couple of years alone he has produce that list I originally stated (and do you honestly believe banfield could have brought in a player without Wenger's say so?) Campbell, Cole, Silvinho, Toure, Gallas, amongst world class defenders he has either produced, bought or moulded. We condeded only 26 goals in a season that we went entirely unbeaten, Wenger has twice gone unbeaten away from home, do you honestly believe he did this whilst being tactically naieve defensively? Your judgement is purely on the last two seasons rather than Wenger's Arsenal career. That is unfair.
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26/03/2007 00:13:00

AG, I reckon he doesn't need to buy young defenders when he is renowned for 'extending' the shelf life of existing defenders since he arrived at Highbury... I think it was Adams that said it first - that Arsene gave him a new lease of life and added at least 3 years to his career. It's a tricky balance building a team for today, and 3, 5, and 10 years down the line - AW does a great job of it. Perfect he ain't but I owned a football club, I know who I'd want as my manager.
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26/03/2007 11:55:00

Rocky - thanks for the welcome, I look forward to many a debate over the coming months, and hopefully something to celebrate by the end of May 2008!
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26/03/2007 22:17:00

dont starlet mean girl??
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29/03/2007 20:47:00


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