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Silvestre Joins Arsenal: It's Not April Fool's Day

Silvestre Joins Arsenal: It's Not April Fool's Day

Yesterday being my birthday, I was out all day with friends and family. Returning home at the evening, I checked the news - and was shocked, totally.

Mikael Silvestre, out of the blue, joins Arsenal. I checked the date but I knew full well it was not April 1 but August 20. Therefore I was forced to accept that we indeed sold Silvestre to Arsenal.

I mean, his departure has been in the air for a while now and the fact that we sold him is no major surprise but selling to Arsenal, a rival? Is it a wise move?

I don't blame Silvestre though. He gave nine years of loyal service and if he felt that first-team chances were better at Arsenal then so be it. With Evra, Vidic and Ferdinand comfortably ahead of him, he could only have been cover.

However, he could have been really useful as a squad player and that's why I feel it's a mistake to sell him at all: we just do not have enough cover in defence, now that Pique and Silvestre have gone. Fabio is way too young yet and we can only hope that Evans can repeat his Sunderland performances when called up.

Of course, there's every chance that Silvestre discussed his options with Sir Alex and indicated that being a squad player who rarely gets a look-in does not suit him any more. We can't blame him: he's 30 years old, if he gets more opportunities at another Champions League club then he must seize it.

Had he gone to Liverpool it would have been treachery (and Fergie wouldn't have allowed it anyway) but Arsenal as rivals were only foisted upon us by Wenger and the intensity of the rivalry lessened in recent years with the Gunners' demise.

'Mikael was a great servant and a wonderful professional. We wish him all the best at his new club and thank him for his service,' Sir Alex said. Wenger, of course, hurried to explain this somewhat strange signing and what he said is quite sensible - for a change.

'We have a strong squad but a young squad and Mikael's versatility, experience and calibre will provide the extra depth we need to reinforce our challenge for honours this season.

'His defensive adaptability will serve us well and it's a big plus that Mikael has top-level experience and a great understanding of football in the Premier League.'


Well, good luck, Mikael. Hopefully you won't play at Old Trafford but if you will, then a couple of own goals would be nice.



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Writer:Zae
Date:Thursday August 21 2008
Time: 9:22AM

Comments

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Did we remember to inject him with bird flu? Just kidding, good luck to the bloke, the Gooners may be arogant but they are far from the worst of our rivals these days.
Tosswink
21/08/2008 12:08:00
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Suddenly the depth we had to our defense is non existent.
rooneyisgod
21/08/2008 14:22:00
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Not the end of the trnasfer period yet... either that or huge faith is being placed in the young Da Silva twins...
Tosswink
21/08/2008 14:44:00
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RiG, you could say that exact same thing about our central midfield, one day you have the Brazilian national team captain on the bench, flamini is having a storming season, Diarra goes to Pompey for lack of games, next thing you know, we are playing a 17 year Welsh kid in central mid in our opening game of the season.
And Zae, you lot need to make a couple of signings before the transfer window closes; I'm talking about getting a few more writers on these here Vital United! Are you the only kid in Manchester who went to school or something?
Gaga
21/08/2008 16:45:00
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VITAL ARSENAL
123spurs
21/08/2008 17:14:00
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I wasn't surprised about Silvestre leaving, but Arsenal? I'm shocked! I don't hold anything against Silvestre - that's where he wanted to go, and it's a good decision, but I was just so surprised. It all seemed to come out of the blue, as well. When I saw the rumour, I thought, "yeah, right" and then when I heard the news during the England game, I couldn't take it in.
Man utd champions
22/08/2008 09:16:00
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Zae, Good point on the lack of cover at the back. In theory, we should be okay, but with Neville touch and go, and Silvestre following Pique out the door, I do have my worries. Injuries to any of our defence, and we could be stuffed. Remember two years ago, when we had hardly a defender to put on the pitch???
Man utd champions
22/08/2008 09:18:00
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We might need a few of Silvestre's own-goals if our attack doesn't start firing soon...
Man utd champions
22/08/2008 09:19:00
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All the best, Silvestre, you've been a loyal servant to United through the years, and have performed consistently well for us, despite recent injuries which have kept you out. I wish you all the best, but hopefully it'll be you wishing you'd stayed rather than us wishing you hadn't gone come the end of the season.
Man utd champions
22/08/2008 09:21:00
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* i.e. that hopefully you'll wish you'd stayed because (hopefully) we'll have won loads of trophies, rather than us wishing you hadn't gone, because of defence is dramatically struggling, and we're conceding goals with freedom.
Man utd champions
22/08/2008 09:22:00
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