The sun has well and truly set on yesterday’s angry post and I’m happy to say that today I have fresh and positive news to report; Arsenal are set to make their second signing of the summer. And, no, it’s not Samir Nasri.
In fact, it’s Amaury Bischoff, a 21-year-old midfielder from German club Werder Bremen who has come out and announced that he is set to join Arsenal.
“There are just a few details to sort out but Arsenal will step up for me. I’ve been waiting for Arsene Wenger to return from the Euro 2008 final in Vienna, but I hope to sign in the next few days.”
“Bremen was superb, but Arsenal is a huge opportunity for me. Wenger has known me since my time at Strasbourg and believes in my quality. He trusts me to be in the first team. Wenger has not put me under any pressure.”
Wow. I did not see that coming. I don’t think anybody, and I mean ANYBODY did. Probably not even the young lad’s parents. Seriously.
If it does turn out to be true then it’s a classic bit of Arsene Wenger scouting. Thankfully, an official announcement on the Werder Bremen club website suggests that it is true, so I would expect an announcement to be made on the Arsenal website within a day or two.
I guess the next question that needs to be answered is: just who is Amaury Bischoff? Well, as I said earlier, he’s a 21-year-old midfielder who has represented France at U18 level but has actually been a part of the Portuguese U20 team since May last year.
He made 62 appearances for Bremen during his three-year stay at the club, scoring six goals. However, for those panicking that this is a bit of a poor record for an attacking player, everything I have read suggests he is a defensive midfielder very much in the mould of Mathieu Flamini.
Update: This interview from Young Guns suggest he is a box-to-box attacking midfielder. Hmmm.
That’s all I can say really. Truth be told I had not heard of him before today and despite scouring the net for as much information as possible I know very little about him now. So, if do know something of substance about Bischoff then I would love it if you could let everyone on the blog here about it.
After all, it’s the only way we’re going to find out before the media start proclaiming him as the next Cesc Fabregas. So get cracking!
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