Amaury Bischoff says he’s joining Arsenal

Amaury Bischoff says he’s joining Arsenal

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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9 Responses to “Amaury Bischoff says he’s joining Arsenal”

  1. Goona
    July 1, 2008 at 11:01 pm #

    Will somebody put my mind at ease and tell me that we’re not signing this inexperienced injury prone player instead of Nasri, if so I like many other gooners are going to be very disappointed indeed…

  2. Zizu
    July 1, 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    Whats to be dissapointed about, had we heard of a Mr Viera when we signed him?

    Nasri will most probably sign, but could well be a smokescreen as well.

  3. Goona
    July 2, 2008 at 3:00 am #

    Viera was one in a million but he wasn’t injury prone when he began with us. 9 times out of 10 when you sign that kind of player injuries always come up time and time again. Examples Rosicky-RVP-our ex Lundburg, from other teams Anderton ex Spurs–Bellamy ex Liverpool, in cricket Flintoff.Through no fault of their own it must be said, but a side will never become a settled one when a guy plays one or two games and then is out for one,two months or longer.To be fair though Overmars one of our greatest was seriously injured before he joined us, but Wenger took a chance on him and it payed off. So fingers crossed for this lad but I hope he isn’t in place of Nasri as there’ll be many a gooner very very disappointed indeed.

  4. butterfingers
    July 2, 2008 at 7:57 am #

    My mate is a bayern supporter and said this guy has been injured a lot last season but he is a good signing as he is a good young player and it may take us a season but he will will be better than the flamster and nasri will be here tomorow but I’m sooooooooooo over this and he better be worth the crap we had to put up with the last couple of weeks.

  5. Le Gunner
    July 2, 2008 at 9:57 am #

    First time I heard of Bischoff was a couple of days ago and i thought what the heck is he on about it turned out to be true. W.Bremen said he turned down an extention to his contract it looks like he will be for free from what’ve read is that his valuation is likely to be settled by a Uefa transfer tribunal. maybe there is a small fee involved. Wenger decided to make up for losing Flamini and get this one on a cheap possibly free oubviousy that is not the only reason. Wenger has seen something in him.
    I have so much respect for Fabregas he is a very rare breed After winning the euros straight away he said he wants to win something for Arsenal and he dedicated his win to the Arsenal fans. He could’ve easily said he is looking for new challenge BLa Bla Bla like they all do but not Fabregas. He is a gentleman has no greed in him.Adebayor, Hleb & Flamoney they should be ashamed of themselves
    Few rumours about Senna coming to Arsenal, he is a good player at 32 I can’t see it happening.

  6. Spanish Fry
    July 2, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    It’s funny, but I am a relatively big Werder Bremen supporter. After Arsenal they are my favourite club side, mainly because of the way they play. But I’d never heard of him either, perhaps because he’s spent most of his time in the reserves at Bremen.

    It does look like a done deal though, quick and nasty like the Eduardo signing 🙂

  7. Arsenalian
    July 8, 2008 at 5:34 pm #

    Wish it could be true.
    And Nasri?

  8. Loic
    July 9, 2008 at 3:50 am #

    Wenger always turns youngsters into star players. take for example theo walcott, he has been one of arsenal star players so with time, bischoff could eventually become one of arenal’s star player

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