Hundreds on show, but which midfielder will Wenger be watching for Arsenal?

So Arsenal are on the verge of signing Mikael Silvestre from ManUre. Am I surprised? Yes. Am I disappointed? No.

But I will be disappointed if the aging, injury prone defender turns out to be the experienced midfielder that Arsene Wenger promised us. Silvestre might be hugely experienced, but unless I missed something in his nine years at Old Trafford, none of that experience was as a midfielder.

However, Arsene is a man of his word, so I’m hoping he doesn’t let us down on this one. And if he does have an eye on one or two players to bolster the defensive midfield slot, tonight will be an ideal opportunity for him to run the rule over them.

There are 28 international friendlies and one World Cup qualifier being played today in and around Europe, so that’s 58 teams for Wenger to potentially watch. There are also seven under-21 games, but I'm ruling those out because of the "experienced" part of the promise.

Put another way, there will be more than 232 full international midfielders playing this evening, so Le Gaffer won’t exactly be short of options if he is still seriously looking to add a new face to his squad.

The rumours about Arsenal signing Swiss midfielder Gokhan Inler just won’t go away, so if you spot Le Boss in the land of cuckoo clocks, let us know.

Wenger is well known for wanting to see players in action himself before making any decision to buy, so similarly, if you see Arsene boarding a flight somewhere today, share the news so we can get a clue about who he might be watching.

On the other hand, if he’s staying at home, then could Le Prof be about to pull on of his repositioning tricks? I really can’t believe that Wenger could see Silvestre playing as a hard tackling, workhorse midfielder, so I still hope beyond hope that there’s another signing in the offing before FC Twente visit next Wednesday.