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  • A Yahoo! User Jul 11, 2011 09:40 Flag

    AW - Gervinho in training at London Colney


    Deal confirmed by Arsene.

    Very good signing, will add more depth to our squad.

    "Gervinho has just joined up for training today at London Colney,'' he [Wenger] added. "He signed last Thursday, and has just come back from his holidays."

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    • FABongrass you have it on the money - I hope your optimism is not wishful thinking.
      Agree that Chamakh has to be given a bit of slack - when RVP returned from injury there wasn't really much opportunity for Chamakh in our formation - and he isn't the kind of 'impact player' who can come on and turn a game...in the manner of Andre or Theo (on their good days).
      Chamakh's touch did desert him when he was given a chance though - it seemed at times as though the ball was pinged around too quickly for him...

      I agree that we have to wait - with fingers crossed - that we do business for AT LEAST a Samba, Mertesacker or Cahill. AW bigged up Gibbs and said he'd be 'given a chance' this year - so unless he busts a leg, head or foot in the first week or two, I don't think there will be big money changing hands for Baines or Enrique.

      On the question of Kocielny - I too agree that he may get better - anyone would look like a bundle of nerves beside Squillaci, and hopefully TV's return will allow him a chance to play with some assurance (ditto Djourou).

      It would be nice to think that we might sign Gordon, but I suspect AW will bring Mannone, and have a keepers kreche at The Emirates ... and it could again prove costly in the year ahead.

      Finally - this post hasn't dealt with the press conference re. Nasri and Cesc - I thought AW was great, said it as it is, and was as clear as he always is when he does choose to speak. He hadn't previously spoken specifically about the two - but laid it out clearly when he said that 1. Nasri isn't going, and 2. Cesc's being asked to park his Barca 'dream', and stick it out 'til the job is done.

      This tells me that he stays and we don't buy in midfield, or 2. goes, and we pony up big bucks for Juan Mata.

    • Wenger has stated that the defensive unit needs improving.

      The transfer window is not yet shut.

      Why some are seemingly worrying so much about this matter at this stage i don't know. It aint over until it's over. Many clubs are chasing CBs at the moment and there are not many of real quality available are there?

      Gervinho was one of the best players in the french league last season. He promises much.

      Chamakh started excellently last season. He too promises much and i believe he will prove to be a great signing in the future.

      Why some are writing him off after his first season in the english game is beyond me.

      The same goes for Koscielny IMO.

    • Is this Gervinwho the new Chamakh then? After all, wasn't he supposed to add more depth to your squad?

      I sense an underwhelming feeling of boredom with this new signing. Arsenal fans just don't seem excited by this unknown.

      • 2 Replies to Eric Cantona
      • Eric, I might be more excited about this signing if we had already dealt with our needs in defense. That is what concerns me most.

        Now we not only need first team centre half but also a first team left back (Gibbs is not only not ready for that role he also appears to be too injury prone)

        With Wenger it is very possible he doesn't deal with those needs. IMO he didn't deal with them last season either. To me Squil nor Kos seriously improved our defense. It showed that neither had ever been proven in the PL league and it cost us dearly.

        Finally last year and this year we could do with a top notch keeper and again Wenger didn't and possibly won't add that component to our defense.

        So great we have a potential nice little experiment in Gervinho but what does it do is we don't fix our defense?