Melo signs!

By Avenell Dave

But sadly, not for us.

It seems the newly in-demand Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo has signed a one-year contract extension at Fiorentina.

It all looked so positive yesterday, with our dearly departed Gilberto Silva suggesting Melo should join the Gunners.

But sadly, La Viola have confirmed on their website this morning that Melo is staying put: "Fiorentina announces that its sporting director Pantaleo Corvino met in Milan with Felipe Melo's agent and an agreement was reached to extend the player's contract until 2013 with a buy-out clause also included," read a statement from the club.

Having lived in Italy, I suspect the buy-out clause will have no relation to his real market value.

It's a shame in many respects and it will be intereting to know how serious Arsene Wenger's interest was in the Brazilian.

Certainly his disciplinary record left something to be desired but we all know how much we need someone to provide some cover for Cesc Fabregas and let our playmaker push forward without exposing our defence.

Lorik Cana and Blaise Matuidi have been mentioned as other signings, along with that old mucker, Gokhan Inler - and I have no doubt that Wenger knows he MUST buy a water-carrier.

Whatever he says, Samir Nasri should not be our new Number Six.

I agree with those of you who say Denilson is continuing to improve and is a great asset to the squad. Can he be the terrier and ball-winner that every successful squad needs? I'm not so sure.

Have faith Gooners, Arsene knows....