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 signedSilvestre 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.