Why Silvestre Signing Makes Sense / Xabi Alonso…Yes Please / Squad Options Explored

This has got to be one of the weirdest signings we have ever made in recent times but in typical Wenger fashion. We have signed Silvestre from Manchester United for a reported £750,000. He is 31 years old and he has signed a two year deal which breaks Wenger’s policy of only giving over 30’s one year deals. Remember this was the same for Bergkamp, Lehmann and all the others who stayed extending their contracts year after year.

Why you might ask? Maybe because Wenger has paid money for him from a rival club, so to let him go after one season on a free might be a bit of bad business. Silvestre was rated very highly in my eyes a few years ago and had/has everything to be a fantastic centre back. He has a decent physical presence, pace (at least he used to) and experience at the top level. Whether he is still up to the job will be found out soon.

He is French just like captain Gallas, Clichy and Sagna as well as Mr. Toure who speaks French from the Ivory Coast. If he plays at left back he has another French player to link up with on the left in new boy Samir Nasri. Even though I am slightly sceptical about his injury fears, especially with our recent record…this may just be exactly what we need.

How long have Arsenal fans been ranting and raving about ‘experienced signings’ and ‘no kids’? Well there you go…a player who has played 40 games for France and 361 for Manchester United. He is a winner…he knows how it feels to win the Premiership, Champions League and FA Cup. He is also left footed which means a more balanced defence.

He can play at centre back or left back which is exactly what we needed. We need cover for Clichy since Traore definitely doesn’t look up to the job right now, he still looks very raw defensively. A very cheap signing who has a vast amount of experience in the English game makes a lot of sense.

This gives us the flexibility to play Toure in central midfield anchoring with Cesc if that is how Wenger see’s it. But I still think either Inler or Xabi Alonso may come through.

Silvestre could simply be solid back up for Toure or Gallas and Clichy. Wenger has made a signing for NOW…finally…no 12 year old young Freddy Adu superstar prodigy that has ‘potential’…but a player that can slide in right NOW.

Xabi Alonso would be a perfect signing in my eyes over Inler who has never played in the premiership before. Alonso is Spanish and could form an unstoppable partnership with Cesc. Regardless of not being available now for the group stages of the Champions League, Alonso would still be a great signing if it still goes through.

If Alonso comes in I will be more than happy about our squad’s capabilities this year…no exaggeration.

Our team could now have the following options:

…………………………………..Almunia
…………………………………..Fabianski

Sagna………………Gallas………………..Toure………………..Clichy
Eboue…………….Djourou…………….Silvestre…………..Silvestre
Toure…………….Senderos…………..Song

Walcott……………Cesc………………….Alonso………………Nasri
Rosicky…………..Denilson……………..Toure………………Rosicky
Eboue……………..Ramsey……………..Eboue………………..Vela
Wilshire………….Diaby…………………Song………………….Diaby

……………………….Van Persie………………..Adebayor
………………………..Eduardo…………………..Bendtner
…………………………Vela
………………………..Walcott?

Comments on our squad options are welcome as always in the comments section below.

The next few days can either be very exciting for us or very disappointing. Come on Wenger, surprise me.

  • Danish Gooner

    Xabi alonso took the danish national team apart yesterday and was the outstanding player on the field alongside diego capel.

  • Anonymous

    Our no.19 is called ‘Wilshere’, not ‘Wiltshire’, I don’t know why so many people keep calling him that.

    As for Toure at CM, Arsene himself has said that he doesn’t think Toure has the stamina or technique to play at CM and I’ve gotta agree with him there.

    And have you completely forgotten about Song? He can play at CB or DM and I’m sure if we’re desperate he can also play at RB.

  • Anonymous

    it should be wilshere, jus fyi

  • Mosscat

    I agree with your comment about Song. i think he could be the surprise “Flamini” type player to come in to the team this year. I think he has a similar engine to Flamini but with better technique.

    The problem I see with Diaby is that he tends to dwell to long on the ball…but of course that can be coached out of him. I’m sure AW looks at his tackling ability and physical presence as a plus especially when your playing the likes of Stoke, Sunderland and Bolton.

    I’m not against however bringing an addition CM to add some depth to this position especially with all the ‘sick notes’ we seem to have in the team!

  • Mosscat

    I agree with your comment about Song. i think he could be the surprise “Flamini” type player to come in to the team this year. I think he has a similar engine to Flamini but with better technique.

    The problem I see with Diaby is that he tends to dwell to long on the ball…but of course that can be coached out of him. I’m sure AW looks at his tackling ability and physical presence as a plus especially when your playing the likes of Stoke, Sunderland and Bolton.

    I’m not against however bringing an addition CM to add some depth to this position especially with all the ‘sick notes’ we seem to have in the team!

  • ArsenalReview.co.uk

    thanks for your comments.

    forgot about song and diaby! even though I agree that song could do well…I think it is too much of a risk to assume he would do well and not sign anyone when we have no real defensive midfielder apart from song…who to be honest hasnt proved himself yet even though he has showed some promise.

    I think it is clear to see that we need a defensive midfielder in the centre of the park…lets see what wenger has in store for us.

  • Erichero

    If we get a good DM, nobody can claim we don’t have a squad ready to challenge for honours… not even the guys over at Le Grove (or is it Le Pessimists).

    Let’s see if Wenger’s got something up his sleeves.

  • Mosscat

    Agreed, if we add a quality defensive CM to this squad it will be an AW masterstroke because the only squad in the premiership with more depth IMO would be Chelski. Man Utd’s frailties were there for all to see this weekend…they truly are a ‘one trick pony’.

    One more signing and I think we’ll make a valid push for honors this year!

  • Frichie

    One point to add for all those still having trouble accepting this signing…many were moaning about letting Gilberto go along with all his experience. You have to admit that Gilberto wasnt exactly banging on the door with his cameo roles in the team, but many thought he would add the experience necessary. Now with Silvestre, he may not be in his prime, but his experience will be valuable, for this times when we go 1 up against Chelsea and have 10 minutes to go, you might then see Toure move up and a midfielder sacrificed to get another quality defender on. I know I would much rather see MS come on that any of our other youngsters.

  • Anonymous

    I was almost alone in defending Song when he was being so unfairly and viciously criticised on many Arsenal websites.
    I believe he can become a better player than Flamini in that DM position. If you watch him closely, he is developing a Bobby Moore type skill of anticipation where he intercepts passes before they get to their target. This so much better than keep putting in crunching tackles which tell their tale eventually and he comes away in a good position to use the ball.
    What a shame we lost him to the Olympics just in our hour of need, but he will be back soon and I am sure will do the business

  • Anonymous

    Traore

  • Mosscat

    Looks like Traore is going to Portsmouth on loan…it’ll be good for him as he may actually get some playing time…Harry’s defense could use the speed!

  • Anonymous

    This sux.Arsene is losing focus. Again this season Arsenal will not win any thing and we will have the same same excuses like we were very close and lose some good players too. This time we may lose cesc.Am no longer in love with Arsenal. At the end of the season if Arsene doesnt win anything its time for him to step down.

  • Anonymous

    There is no way we will be signing Alonso because he is cup bound. I think that we should be focusing on someone like Nigel De jong….

  • Anonymous

    To clarify a often quoted myth: Arsenal currently do not offer contract extensions of more than 1 year for players over 32 years old.

    Why the names of Lehman and Bergkamp are mentioned is beyond me as the former was 38 and the latter 36 when they left. Gilberto not having his contract renewed was nothing to do with his age.

  • Anonymous

    At 2:39 PM, Anonymous said…
    “At the end of the season if Arsene doesnt win anything its time for him to step down.”

    Ridiculous. If you feel that way, you really don’t have any feeling for the Arsenal or, at least, you don’t care about our Club’s future.

    At 2:52 PM, Anonymous said…
    There is no way we will be signing Alonso because he is cup bound. I think that we should be focusing on someone like Nigel De jong….

    Interesting suggestion. De Jong is a quality player. Veloso is an option, too. I think the Alonso deal might go through, though, with the price radically reduced.

    The only drawback to Alonso is his lack of pace. But he has the passing range and a good appreciation of defensive responsibility, so he’d be a good acquisition, more than capable of filling the Gilberto role and provide needed depth.

    Playing Alonso and Cesc in the middle would be a return to the Gilberto formula which took us to the CL final, so we know it can work, but it would be less dynamic than the Flamini formula which almost took us to the PL title. If Song, as pointed out in the 1:30 post above, really comes on and develops into a Charlton with mobility and power he could really become the answer and certainly supply an alternative in the Flamini mould.

    The ideal, then, would be to see both of these scenarions come to fruition since we’d then have both options available to us, which should allow us to challenge for honours on several fronts, especially when factoring in the likes of Wilshere and Ramsay who’ve both shown, even though they still have much to learn, that they’re capable of playing at the highest level.

  • Shaks

    If Wenger signs Alonso this season and you have this in writing I will donate Bilal $100. It’s never going to happen.

  • Anonymous

    i think de jong and alonso r crap. flamini was more like macherano thats why liverpoo dont want him anymore. even de jong is better than alonso. annan, inler please they r quick and keep things simple. no more talk about alonso. how much do u expect liverpoo to charge. if it were a mill then thats ok if its 15 mill then….
    he not worth what liverpoo want. i wood prefer song in that role over alonso.

  • Anonymous

    how can you have a defensive midfielder with no pace. only relegation teams have that.

  • Declan

    BUGDUV COULD GO STRAIGHT INTO ARSENAL TEAM SAYS AGENT

    TIROL, MOLDOVA (AP) THE player described as the finest young player to come out of Eastern European football since Gheorge Hagi is good enough to go straight in to the Arsenal first team, according to his agent.
    Massi Bugduv, the 16-year-old hotshot of Moldovan football has been linked with a host of top clubs around Europe for most of the summer.
    Bugduv was left out of his country’s friendly with Lithuania this week because of his complicated transfer negotiations that have seen him based in London since Monday with conflicting news reports having him signing for Arsenal, Chelsea, Zenit St Petersburg, and bizarrely, a move to Reading that involved a loan stint in Ireland in order to secure a work permit.
    Last night in London, his agent Sergei Yulikov said that he is sure that the demands of the Premiership will not phase his protege.
    “I have no doubt that he has the ability of Fabregas and Nasri, but he needs a stage to perform and prove this. He can be as strong as Obi Mikel of Chelsea, but remember that he is still just a 16 year old boy.
    “I cannot talk about the talks with Arsenal, but Masal is happy that he is even being linked with this great football club.
    “It plays football the beautiful way, always moving, always passing, always running. It is like the football he played as a child, which is not too long ago, so he cannot believe that this type of football can be played at the top level in Europe,” he said.
    Mr Yulikov was seen leaving Highbury House yesterday, the offices of Arsenal near the Emirates Stadium where twenty four hours previously, the club revealed Man Utd player Mikhael Silvestre as their latest summer signing.
    Masal Bugduv has been described as one of the most exciting young footballers to come out of Moldocan football.
    Born on April 14, 1992, he shot to fame playing for his native FC Olimpia B?l?i for whom he scored a hattrick on his competitive debut in an Adzi Cup match in December 2007.
    Bagduv became the youngest player capped at that level by his country and he went on to make his senior international debut aged just 16 years and 44 days when he came on for the national team in their 2-2 draw with Armenia in a friendly international in Tiraspol on May 28.
    Trailing 2-1 with just ten minutes left, Moldova seemed set to lose until Bagduv lost his marker on the left wing, shimmied inside two defenders and fired in a shot that could only be parried by Armenian keeper Racif into the path of onrushing Igor Bugaev who equalised. (AP)

  • James

    it’s acutally Wilkshere if you guys listen and read things properly…

    geez…

  • Dev

    Erichero said…
    If we get a good DM, nobody can claim we don’t have a squad ready to challenge for honours… not even the guys over at Le Grove (or is it Le Pessimists).

    they are not Le Pessimists…they are Le Realistic unlike you delusional morons

  • SW16Gooner

    Diaby needs a run in the team, but he is rather injury-prone so his opportunities have so far been very stop-start-stop. Song will do well in DM, now that he’s gaining experience in real competitions such as the African Nations and now the Olympics. But an out-and-out box-to-box player is what we need now and whether Inlar can do that, or even Barry for that matter, has to be questioned. Maybe a bid to buy Diarra back..now that he must be kicking himself for leaving so soon! Finally, who saw Tony Adams in an interview saying how he’d love to manage Arsenal one day? Just think, Wenger on the board and Adams as the manager.. Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool may as well just pack their bags and go home!!

  • gunning for glory

    it makes no senses to me on the signing of Silvestre… firstly, AW said that he dont need defenders. but he signed Silvestre (31yrs) and not Kompany (22yrs) whom is available, and was chap, that AW claimed is always keen in… and the best is yet to come, Mr “Fishface” was given 2yrs of contract, at the age of 31!! Bergkamp, our legend, and my idol wasnt even given that privileged!!! im a hardcore gunner. but im really upset that such a move was taken by Mr Wenger…

  • Neal

    Firstly, Wenger’s rule is over 32s, not over 30s. Look at Lehmann, Campbell and so on. All their first contracts ended post-31.

    Secondly, what is it with all the idiots wanting to sign Alonso. We need a defensive midfielder, not another Cesc! Cesc-Alonso would get mullered week in-week out. Inler, now there’s the man. Wenger said he would sign a big player, not a big name. Alonso is firmly in the big name section.

    Wenger has not tried to sign Alonso. It is a ruse used by Liverpool to try and flog him.

  • Connolly’s agent

    Silvestre left Man Utd to get first team football. What’s he doing signing with Arsenal? Unless we’re breaking up the Gallas-Toure partnership, this is very, very strange…

  • Connolly’s agent

    Silvestre left Man Utd to get first team football. What’s he doing signing with Arsenal? Unless we’re breaking up the Gallas-Toure partnership, this is very, very strange…

  • Arsenal Blog

    I think, Arsenal needs an extra defensive midfielder to fill up the gap created by the departures of Flamini, Hleb, Gilberto, and here, Alonso could be an effective signing. However, I believe, Inler would have been perfect, but as you know he has rejected the offer.

    Actually, I think, Arsenal can really make a good shot at both premier league and champions league with the current squad, but the problem is that when injuries comes in the way. It gets worse in the busy closing months of the season. That is why, Arsene Wenger can think of signing someone like Alonso.

    However, I am a fool to write off our chances in the season, even if Wenger does not land anyone in the Summer, because we all know what Wenger can give and I personally believe that Arsenal is lucky to have someone like Wenger.