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Arsene's Found A Little Angel

Arsene's Found A Little Angel

Reports have emerged from Spain and Argentina that Arsenal have moved for South American starlets Angel Di Maria and Pedro (no, not Pedrooooooo the bus driver, from a Lee Evans sketch).

Arsenal are yet to confirm a deal for the young duo but a deal has been put in place to take them both to one of Arsenal's feeder clubs Salamanca, as neither meet Home Office requirments for a work permit.

The Spanish second Division side had a similar deal with Arsenal last year when they took Mexican whizkid Carlos Vela on loan for a year in order for him to be eligable for a British work permit.

So, what do we know about the young duo? Well the answer is simple - very little.

Angel Di Maria, nicknamed 'The Little Angel' is a 19-year-old left winger, who can also play up front, currently playing for Argentina in the U-20 World Cup in Canada, scoring 3 goals in 5 games.

He plays for Argentine side Rosario Central and is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in his native land at this time. his official blog reported a couple of weeks ago that he was to sign for Arsenal, a report rubbished my many of our forum members, myself included.

Giles Grimandi, one of Arsene Wenger's most trusted scouts, has been watching him at the Under-20 world cup and has been very impressed indeed by the youngster. The fee is reported to be around £2Million.

See a video of him on youtube here: Di Maria

Even less is known about Pedro Silva. depending on what you read he's a striker, left winger, centre midfielder or left back. With a bit of luck, he's all of them!

A 17-year-old Brazilian, playing for Arsenal's latest feeder club - Fluminense. As well as not being able to get a work permit in this country, Brazilian rules dictate that he may not leave Brazil for any country other than Portugal before he turns 18.

So, to get round it The Gunners have had the youngster on trial where he got to see Arsenal's facilities and meet his future team mates. He was unveiled as a Salamanca this week but will have to return to Brazil until October, when he will be 18. He will then spend the remainder of the season with the spanish club, before Arsene Wenger decides if the youngster should come back to Arsenal, or spend more time on loan.

N.B. I can't find a video of Pedro Silva, so if anyone else can, please post a link. Thanks.

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday July 20 2007
Time: 7:46PM

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Sorry to use a pic of Wenger that looks like he's just farted, but I haven't seen it all before. :D
20/07/2007 19:48:00
Where can I find his official blog?? The only one I can find is an unofficial blog. Salamanca have confirmed the Pedro deal but not the Di Maria one.
Ashburton Gooner
20/07/2007 19:58:00
Actually Wenger looks like he has smelt Pat Rices fart. Damn you par Rice!
20/07/2007 20:05:00
I think Pedro and Di Maria are ones for next year. Maby Pedro is in 2 years time but it wouldnt surprise me is Di maria is going streight inot Arsenal. He is at the U-20's thats why it isnt confirmed yet.
20/07/2007 20:06:00
I've been watching DiMaria in the U20 tournament and the kid is very good. He scored another fantastic goal last night against Chile. I have tickets to the final against the Czechs, but DiMaria was taken off injured last night in the 51'...might not play. If these rumours are true, I think we found some more great young talent.
20/07/2007 20:27:00
i agree. aw has done it again.
20/07/2007 21:18:00
Ok, thats enough kids for this year! Bring on the salty dogs Arsene!
20/07/2007 22:58:00
Salty sweaty AFRICAN dogs ;) We need more Blacks...i mean black boots :D
20/07/2007 23:58:00
I've a funny feeling about the supposed Angel signing. Possible hoax #2 here. Just because Arsenal Shorts posted a rumour (which was then picked up by Skysports and mixed in with the Pedro signing) and some Gooners have been hyping him up doesn't necessariy mean that AW has gone and bought him. I'll wait until I see it in black & white on
21/07/2007 01:14:00
Very, very impressed with Di Maria. He looks a very "intelligent" player with a great eye for a pass, as well as being able to finish. That WAS a fantastic goal. He's not the fastest, but he looks strong. Showed some leadership qualities as well. Hope the rumours are true. I don't remember Vela being so one-footed at the U-17 tournament. But even though he hasn't scored, he's played pretty well. He hasn't had very good service - Dos Santos looks like he wants to dribble his way through the entire opposition, for one.
21/07/2007 04:23:00
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