The centre-back who can also play left back, will look to replace the departed Justin Hoyte as cover for centre back and left back, as Kieran Gibbs is also set to leave on loan. With Traore out aswell Arsenal are short of cover in defence and the experience head of Silvestre may be the answer. Whether Man Utd are willing to sell to their bitter rivals is one thing but Wenger’s decision to sign an injury prone defender is another. Providing he stays fit, Silvestre can be a useful squad player for the Gunners.
According to a n insider: “Arsene has been looking for experienced cover for Gael Clichy and he knows all about Mikael. Arsene has followed his career with France and at United and the fact he is French is a bonus.”
In other news Wenger is reportedly still in for Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler and after the FC Twente game he implied that he is one of the options he is considering.
“I do not know yet if it will be the Swiss player or somebody else,” said Wenger at the Amsterdam Tournament. “But it is not necessarily going to be the Swiss boy [anyway] because we are not especially on him at the moment, so I cannot tell you more about him than anybody else.
Inler is a deep-lying playmaker and will be a useful addition to the Arsenal team in the vacant midfield position. Although he is not the tallest, Inler is aggressive and a decent takler however the problem could be settling in the fast pace of the premiership in a very important position of the pitch.
Andrei Arshavin could have joined Arsenal if he had not demanded too much money, according to the player’s agent. “Wenger was serious about buying Arshavin,” said Lachter in the Daily Express.”If Andrei could have tempered his financial appetite, it was quite possible he would be playing at the Emirates right now.”Arsenal were prepared to pay about £15million for him.”