Arsenal Sign Mikael Silvestre from United

Arsenal have announced the signing of Frenchman Mikael Silvestre from Manchester United on a two year deal for an undisclosed fee thought to be worth £750,000.

Silvestre can play at both centre back and left back and will look to provide cover aswell as experience to a young Arsenal team. Justin Hoyte has left the club and Kieran Gibbs is set to leave the club opening up an opportunity for the defender. Arsene Wenger looks to use Silvestre in defence and therefore may allow Djourou or Toure to play in midfield however it seems likely he will play more as left back as cover for Clichy.

Silvestre is primarily a centre back and is good in the air as well as on the ground and may force his way into the first team as the centre back position is still up for grabs. His aerial ability is a huge bonus for Arsenal and could partner Gallas in defence in an all French back line. Alex Song who is back from Olympic duty may play in midfield meaning a new signing in the position may not happen.

Fans seem skeptical about signing a player who has been injured for the best part of two years adding to the injury prone players at Arsenal and the fact that he hasn’t played regularly for Man Utd may mean he is passed his best. Arsenal Column feel Silvestre is a good signing to Arsenal adding depth and experience and if he stays injury free, the 31 year old could be the answer to the centre back position. However a midfielder is still required to partner Fabregas but if one is not signed then Song and Diaby seem the best options at the moment.

Mikael Silvestre Factfile

Born August 9, 1977. Chambray-les-Tours, France
Age 31
Previous Clubs Manchester United 1999 – 2008 – 361 appearances (10 goals)
Inter Milan (Italy) 1998 – 1999 – 18 appearances (one goal)
Rennes (France) 1993 – 1998 – 49 appearances
Details Two year contract for an undisclosed fee
Position Defender
International Honours France (2001 – present) – 40 caps
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