As the snow falls in London and around the UK – well, actually, around the world, we have made a trio of signings to the team and three signings that are what I would say are typical Wenger signings.
Free, from Notts County
Okay, so you’re probably thinking, why is this a typical Wenger signing, as Arsene has never re-signed anyone that has left the club under his management. But I’d say it is typical, because it represents good value for money. The thing with this signing is that it’s a bit of a no-brainer. Sol won’t be first choice. He will be waiting in reserve. If we want to rest Gallas for example, in the FA cup, a player like Sol can still do a decent job.
Sol had this to say:
“It’s not about the money, it’s about playing football, and the love of the game, and the sheer enjoyment at being back at Arsenal. Also we are talking about a six-month contract, if the technicalities are sorted out with the Premier League and other issues which Arsenal are currently dealing with, otherwise it is a straight forward six-month contract. I want to play, and I am happy to play in whatever capacity Arsene Wenger asks of me. I hope if all goes well, that I can sign for the club. I had to sign forms to enable me to play in the reserves, but the club are still working their way through the paperwork before I can sign the six-month contract. I am sure that will be sorted out soon, but I’ve heard nothing further.”
In addition, he added this about Arsene’s decision to bring him back:
“I don’t think Arsene Wenger has done this on a whim, he has watched me for the past three months, working hard, and he can see it’s worth it because he needs cover in all positions. I don’t imagine for one moment he plans to throw me straight back into the Premier League games, but he might need to if he has injuries, suspensions, and of course, it’s a long season with a lot of games, so he might need me for say a cup tie. No matter, whatever he wants to do, I am ready for it, I want to make a contribution and I believe I can do it.”
Whilst he also thinks he can bring something to the youngsters:
“There were some youngsters out there and it was good to be in a position to help them if I could. In truth I haven’t played a proper game for seven months, and you need to be prudent. If you play too long you can risk a muscle strain. Also, I am so glad the game beat the weather. Another 24 hours and it might have been snowed off, now that would have been a nightmare!”
Martin Keown has been in the press saying Sol could still make the World Cup squad if
“I need to stay fit, keep pushing and see what happens, but I have got to get going at Arsenal first. But the key to everything is that I am fresh. I feel fresh, and that is one of the things I noticed about myself even in that first half at West Ham, I felt fresh. Of course I’d love to play in the Premiership again, but I don’t know what the boss has in mind for me. First I have to get the deal signed and sealed and get back into it, I cannot jump ahead about a first team return, let along an England return! But I feel full of life, I’ve been training with the first team for six weeks, maybe it’s nearly two months now, and any club will get suspensions and injuries so my time might come. All I know is that I am ten times