If Mikael Silvestre joins Arsenal this week, it will prove to be another coup for Arsene Wenger.
The incredibly experienced defender will, if his fitness holds, provide another wise head in the dressing room and could just be a missing link to keep the younger lads focused.
I remember Silvestre slating Arsenal a few times in the past, but there’s no doubt he is a quality player and has the ability to play in the centre and on the left, which is particularly relevant given the absence of cover for Gael Clichy.
Armand Traore has played further forward on a few occasions and I wonder if Wenger believes Traore’s attacking skills are better than his defending. To hone the defensive part of his job and not leave the team exposed when players need to be rested, who better than someone like Silvestre?
It will be interesting to see if the deal goes through and if reports are to be believed, there’s only a few details to sort out. I’m a little surprised by Fergie giving Silvestre permission to come to us, to be honest, but hopefully that arrogance will come back to haunt him.
There are, of course, doubts over Samir Nasri’s fitness ahead of the Fulham game. Maybe he hasn’t entirely recovered from the injury that kept him out of the Twente game and with such a long season ahead, despite his brilliance, I would like to see him rested if there is any suspicion that he is not completely healthy.
Given his part in our goal last weekend, I expect Denilson will be involved – and if Nasri doesn’t make it, why not play Alex Song?
Cameroon were knocked out of the Olympics last weekend so he has had plenty of time to recover from jet lag and get ready to make his mark at Emirates.
Song is one of those players who looked unlikely to make the grade in a lot of his early appearances. I must say that when Wenger brought him on, I always got a little anxious.
But he showed in the Blackburn Carling Cup game what a dynamic player he can be and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him included in the squad.
I just hope his return and the possible signing of Silvestre doesn’t mean Wenger gives up on buying a midfield enforcer. We need more depth.