A signing at last (Again)

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This morning Arsenal Football Club confirmed the signing of Ivorian Gervinho from French Ligue 1 champions Lille for an undisclosed fee. It’s great to finally have our first summer signing wrapped up but I slightly feel like we’ve been here before…

Maybe it’s because to all intents & purposes the club had perviously announced the signing of the African seven days ago. Sure they mentioned that the deal was dependant on ‘regulatory procedures’ but during the past week the official club site has posted articles letting us know that Robin Van Persie ‘has heard excellent things about Gervinho’ & that Wenger thinks that ‘Gervinho can make a great contribution’. Surely there was never any real fear that this ‘regulatory process’ wouldn’t be completed otherwise why would the club, and in particular the manager, discuss the signing of another teams player before the deal is 100% complete? It is only a matter of days since the Frenchman hit out at Roberto Mancini for discussing a potential move for Samir Nasri.

So were the club going out on a limb and announcing a signing prematurely to appease the fans who were becoming incredibly agitated & despondent due to the lack of summer signings or have the club essentially announced the capture of Gervinho twice in order to appease the fans who were becoming incredibly agitated & despondent due to the lack of summer signings?

Maybe I’m looking at this far to conspiratorially and should just be glad that a signing has been 100% confirmed at last.

In an interview with Sky Sports news Chief Executive Ivan Gazidas spoke about how the club don’t do their business in public which can create a vacuum of gossip & speculation. The player currently at the top of the speculation tree is 19 year old Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell.

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If the rumours are to believed than a transfer fee of between £900,000 & £1.3m has been agreed with the youngsters current club C.D. Saprissa. The move seemed to have hit a slight snag late on Sunday night when the players father Humberto announced that another English club had made a late bid and that it would be discussed that evening. As yet I have seen nor heard anything to indicate which way this might be going, the only bit of news that relates to this comes from The Guardian who are suggesting that Campbell will replace Nicklas Bendtner when the Dane moves to Everton on a season long loan.

I think that Bendtner would do well at Goodison Park but I would be surprised if his exit from Arsenal was a loan move. The player wants first team football which he would most likely get under David Moyes & that in turn could put him in the shop window a little more but… What if he isn’t first choice, what if he gets injured and has to return to Arsenal & start over again? Also it is highly unlikely that Everton would have the finances to make the move permanent anytime soon if any loan period was successful and even more unlikely that the Danish striker would see the Toffees as a big enough stage for himself.

One player who has left the club is Denilson. I suggested after the game against MXI last week that his brief twenty minute cameo could have been his last appearance in an Arsenal shirt & so it seems to have been. The Brazilian rejoins Sao Paulo the club he left in 2006 to join Arsenal.

Aside from that thunderous strike he scored during the thrashing of Everton at Goodison on the opening day a couple of years ago I can’t really think of many other stand out moments the midfielder has had? That in itself sums up his time at the club.

This may be a loan move initially but I can’t see any way back in for him at Arsenal, although that doesn’t mean that Wenger won’t.

Despite telling us all at the end of last season that he wanted to leave because he was fed up with not winning anything Denilson has now spoken of his sadness upon leaving the club. Well I wish him luck back in Brazil but I’m sure I won’t be the only one pleased that we’ll no longer have to endure the ridiculousness of his introduction by the announcer at the grove – especially as we’ll now have to split the name of Gervinho between announcer & supporters.

And that’s about it this morning – in the interview with Sky Ivan Gazidas intimated that work on new signings was very much being undertaken & that the club were looking to strengthen the existing squad rather than replace players and that includes Cesc & Nasri. Well we shall see!

So all in all we’re pretty much as we were….

Thanks for reading!

Up the Arsenal!

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