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  • not_blonde_really not_blonde_really Jan 31, 2013 23:40 Flag

    D-Day - it's arrived!

    The thing that most hurts about this anti-climatic day (not even any exciting rumours!) isn't Levy pressing snooze too many times to get up at 2230 and go to work as normal, it's that the person who usurps him with getting the just after 11 signing is none other than Arsene bleeding Wenger! Although they have said it's subject to formal registration being completed, it'd be funny if it didn't happen...

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    • Straight from the horses mouth. Harry has been approached by Arsenal to take over from Arsen Wenger at the end of this season.. They want him to link up and nurture Dennis Bergkamp for a couple of seasons before he takes over.
      H---nbr's enquiring how much the Gunners shirts are, and Fab can't believe his luck. (You heard it hear 1st)

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      • Alan, normally I find your 'behind the scenes insights' entertaining, but don't you ever put my name in the same sentence as 'gunners shirts' again, you hear me!

        SB, Holtby looks like taking a playmaker role, or at least the link-up player - he's described as a midfielder/forward on the reports I've seen, but as I said before I've not seen much of him previously. When he came on at the weekend it seemed to be to allow Bale to move more centrally, perhaps there are thoughts of him filling that spot? Not sure how I feel about that, he likes to be the hero which isn't really doable for a winger so it might be an astute move... or he might need a manager to put him in his place and make him stay there, I can't decide!

        John, I imagine that Holtby would generally be taking the place of a striker, either with Defoe or Ade being picked to play ahead of him based on the type of team (Ade for physical, Defoe for speedy).

        As I mentioned, I've heard noises about our academy having loads of players ready to blood, maybe now's the time to do that with the likes of Obika/Carroll/Kane (when he's back from loan)?

    • No 'NBR' funny it would not be.

      Classy left back, formerly courted by Chelsea and linked with Barca and Real.

      NICE!

      Fancy borrowing Santos? Maybe your lot could play him as a striker!!!!

      ;)

      • 1 Reply to FABONGRASSS
      • So what was the overall movement?

        IN :-
        Holtby
        Fryers

        OUT :-
        Jenas
        Townsend (Loan)
        Gomez (Loan)
        Cudicini
        Falque (Loan)
        Smith (Loan)
        ...others (loan)

        You could read anything into this. The perm outs are innocuous - maybe they may have played in the CC, but we're out of that.

        I'm slightly surprised that overall two keepers have gone though - and without Falque and Townsend doesn't that make us a bit light out wide (actual wingers) - unless AVB feels happy with Bentley and, who, Dempsey/Holtby/Glyphy as cover? No great shakes though.

        Anyway, Ade is due back in a couple of weeks and then we get back to having two strikers available (and Dempsey). At the moment, I just don't then see how Holtby, as a VdV type player, works in a 4-4-2 type style - if AVB sticks with Daffy/Ade - so does his arrival mean that one of Daffy/Ade sits out? Or is Holtby then a central 'Dembele' - and where does that leave Dembele - I just seem to see that either the summer signings aren't trusted or we're just adding 'squad' players.

        All will be clear by the end of Feb.