The defence now has a Silvestre lining

August 21, 2008 at 11:57 am 13 comments

The first rumours surfaced yesterday morning, and initially they caused shock. Arsenal to sign Mikael Silvestre from Manchester United? Surely it was a joke. A player who had plied his trade at one of the club’s most hated rivals for the last nine years. A player on the wrong side of 30. A player who was never top quality, even at his peak. A player who had missed most of the last two seasons because of injury. And last but not the least, a player who looked like a MORON. Silvestre seemed to tick all the wrong boxes.

It seemed completely wrong, but suddenly it was everywhere – the newspapers, the blogs, the chat forums. All the talk was about how Arsene Wenger had finally lost it. But knowing the manager, and how he liked to surprise the fans, there was this feeling in the pit of my stomach that was telling me this wasn’t just one of those regular baseless rumours. And then this morning, when I woke up and did my customary check of the Arsenal website. I find myself staring at this on the home page.


Yes, he has been signed. And now, after a full day of thinking about it, the deal seems pretty sensible to me. After all, Silvestre is a player with loads of Premier League and Champions League experience, playing for one of the top sides. And I don’t think he’s going to be considered first-choice in any case. As a substitute, I can’t think of too many better. he can play all across the back four, and is experienced enough to be able to come on in the second half of an important away game and fit in right away. For instance, if Arsenal are 1-0 up in the 70th minute at Anfield, and Gallas picks up a knock, I don’t think too many Arsenal fans would rather see Senderos come on than Silvestre. At just 750,000 pounds, he’s a bargain.

Moreover, Justin Hoyte left for Middlesbrough last week, for 3 million and so, a replacement was required. I just hope Wenger still plans on signing that new defensive midfielder he promised a couple of weeks back. That could make or break our title hopes, I feel. And believe it or not, this signing has actually made me feel a little better about the defensive back-up, and therefore the season itself.

We’re off to a good start in the league, beating West Brom 1-0, with a patched up midfield. Spurs lost, and Man Utd drew, so the opening weekend was almost perfect. Hopefully, the good times will continue this weekend at Craven Cottage, against Fulham. Also, from Gunnerblog, it looks like Arsene Wenger was in Switzerland last night to watch Gokhan Inler in action against Cyprus. So, here’s to hoping this week brings at least one more piece of incoming transfer news! Cheers!


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13 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Asif Abbas  |  August 21, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    I for one dont like the Silvestre signing AT ALL. And I dont say this cos hes from ManU. He is a very bad defender and has a propensity to concede penalties (Euro 2004). What we really need is a defensive CM and Alonso fits the bill perfectly. He might be cup-tied but still he can contribute right away in the BPL (where the position is more imp).

    But all said and done I guess Arsese knows best

  • 2. Vinod  |  August 21, 2008 at 3:53 pm


    I don’t ‘like’ it myself, but if it’s the alternative to not having the extra experienced defender, why not?

    I still feel the defensive midfielder will come. Except I don’t see Wenger every paying 18 million for one.(more unlikely now cos Alonso’s cup tied). Guess it’ll be someone like Inler or maybe even Stephen Appiah. I hear he is available on a free. We were heavily linked to him during the World Cup.

  • 3. Ratnakar  |  August 22, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    manasa tettiko!!!
    wenger is now reduced to being a hyena to SAF’s catch…….

  • 4. Raghuvansh  |  August 22, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    I will tell you why Arsene Wenger signed Mikäel Silvestre.

    Because Mickäel is French.

    Am I the only one to notice the magnitude of the Gallic Gunner turnover?

  • 5. Sameer  |  August 22, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Aah come on…you are just saying it as a good signing coz wenger club bought him…. His nationality made the decision simpler for wenger… he loves french and africans doesn’t he?

  • 6. gooner  |  August 23, 2008 at 6:23 am

    We needed someone good in the air to tackle the high balls, to complement Gallas and Toure. Senderos fits the bill but has made mistakes at crucial times. I just hope he doesn’t play Silvestre in the center and Toure as a CM or even Eboue.

  • 7. Vinod  |  August 23, 2008 at 8:20 am


    Wait and see da!!

    Arsene Knows!! Silvestre will fire in a rocket from 50 yards in the 90th minute at Old Trafford to give us victory!! 🙂

  • 8. Vinod  |  August 23, 2008 at 8:28 am


    Yep, you’re absolutely right. That’s the only reason why Wenger signed him.

    Next week, he’s signing Sarkozy to play as CM. 🙂

    In seriousness, being french may be one of the reasons, but that’s hardly enough for Wenger to sign a player. That’s a very immature and amateurish way of looking at it. Moreover, then why would wenger sign ppl from ivory coast, belarus, mexico, spain, netherlands, england, wales, cameroon, denmark, togo and switzerland?

    And signing people from your own country is not limited to Wenger. Benitez brings in loads of spaniards. Mourinho came in with a few portuguese. It’s but natural. You know the system, you can communicate better. Loads of things.

    In this case, Gallas and Silvestre have played together for France many times with great success. That’s the main reason. Language is not an issue because Toure being from Ivory Coast also is a native french speaker.

  • 9. Vinod  |  August 23, 2008 at 8:30 am


    Refer to my comment above.

    Also, I didn’t just say he was a great signing. I said, as a back-up, with his experience, and for just 750k, he’s a great signing.

  • 10. Vinod  |  August 23, 2008 at 8:34 am


    Perfectly put. Djourou also does that, but he also has a tendency to make mistakes. I feel he’s more dependable than Senderos though. And Gallas-Silvestre is a proven combo for France. I guess because gallas and toure are similar, toure-silvestre will also be a good combo.

    Toure will NOT be moving to midfield. Wenger has confirmed that. And traore has gone out on loan to Portsmouth, so i think, and hope, it’s clear everyone else stays where they are.

  • 11. Raghuvansh  |  August 23, 2008 at 9:21 pm


    Poor fellow you are, taking it seriously and all 😀 I hope he brings in Alizee as cheerleader.

  • 12. Rohit  |  August 26, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    Man we need a good midfielder pronto. Someone who is creative actually because Song is someone to look forward to and who has played as a cdm. What’s the betting he will start against Twente? Welcome Silvestre. Just want to see Inler or Xabi in the squad as well. Half line goal anyone???

  • 13. lebronjames  |  December 27, 2013 at 11:57 pm



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