Arsenal trialing Wilson Palacios or Harry Potter?

Arsenal trialing Wilson Palacios or Harry Potter?

Wilson Palacios may be on his way to ArsenalHonduras winger or Hogwarts magician on trial at Arsenal?

Just a quick post to mention that according to some sources (including Gunnerblog), Arsenal are currently trialing 23-year-old Honduras international winger Wilson Palacios. You can read all the speculation here. Frankly, if this turns out to be true then I will be delighted. I don’t really care how good or bad he is, I just think that Arsenal needs more options out wide and Palacios would provide this. That’s all I’ll say about it today – I don’t really want to be duped like I was with the Rodrigo Palacio story – but if more develops you’ll be the first to know. Also, make sure you read today’s other post about how Arsenal will cope without William Gallas. Cheers.

Update: I’m just getting the feeling that this one’s a fake. Check out a quote from one of the ‘reliable’ newspaper sources, which I’ve translated crudely from Spanish into English:

“After testing in the Red Star of Belgrade and Monaco of France, Harry Potter saturated in England.”

Seems to me like someone’s having a laugh…

Have your say on the Wilson Palacios speculation by leaving a comment.


47 Responses to “Arsenal trialing Wilson Palacios or Harry Potter?”

  1. NicktheGooner
    August 22, 2007 at 12:23 pm #

    Not another Palacio i hope. And i do hope he’s better than Walcott and Eboue if that signing happens.

  2. Spanish Fry
    August 22, 2007 at 12:30 pm #

    I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. To be perfectly honest with you I wouldn’t mind if he wasn’t better than Walcott or Eboue – we just need some more options. Not that I want him to be too awful though. I refuse to get excited… yet.

  3. Spanish Fry
    August 22, 2007 at 12:50 pm #

    …and you can see why!

  4. NicktheGooner
    August 22, 2007 at 1:43 pm #

    Rofl. Yea. Seems Arsenal Fans are being targeted more and more for these sort of pranks. There are so many blogs and communities and start a rumor with some link to wikipedia and it all starts.

  5. Joshua Asante
    August 22, 2007 at 1:47 pm #

    Remove sentiments and any act of bitterness,It would be great to have Anelka back in Emirates,It would be great to have him partner Van Persie up front.
    Let’s face fact,What if Van Persie injured now and he’s unable to play for several weeks!are we going to be using Walcott or Bendtner?
    Wenger,please bring in 1 or 2 players.

  6. Moses
    August 22, 2007 at 3:41 pm #

    Really wenger needs to splash out some cash or he shouldn’t be allowed to leave with a few injuries to our squad we’ll between some thorns and a very bad place…what is he saying John Utaka isn’t good enough where was Wenger when he was signed???he’s aggressive, determined, physical and skillful that’s what we need, in it???

  7. bimi
    August 22, 2007 at 3:48 pm #

    i wish AW could actually bring in 1 or 2 palyers to add to the depth of his squard,and he needs to get lehman at it as well(maybe he needs a glasses)
    i costed us 2 points

  8. Nico
    August 22, 2007 at 4:00 pm #

    My take on Palacios, having seen him play for club and country on my blog…
    Basically, I think he’d be a very good addition but not ready to jump into the first team right away.

  9. Jay
    August 22, 2007 at 4:48 pm #

    Get in Emre from newcastle – he is a fast left winger and he is awsome at CM or CAM so we have 3 players in 1 also he would not cost a lot either. Emre is a player to get. Arda Turan from Galatasaray is a good Winger as well but Emre is so underrated. Buy him – opinions please!!!

  10. Jay
    August 22, 2007 at 4:56 pm #

    Wenger must sign 2 players. If RVP gets injured then : “Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce will allow striker Obafemi Martins to join Manchester United or Arsenal – if they table a £13m bid” We can bid for super striker Martins. And i mentioned Emre above.

  11. Jag
    August 22, 2007 at 7:41 pm #

    Here in Honduras all the information we have regarding Wilson Palacios is that he’s been in trial with Arsenal. But nothing more. It seems it is true he has made the trial, its now if he will get the ok or sent back to Honduras. His team is doing bad in the Honduras league. Supposedly he was suppose to sign yesterday. But obviously it did not happen. He is a very good player, I hope he really gets signed by Arsenal.

  12. JZERON
    August 22, 2007 at 7:56 pm #


  13. sam nix
    August 22, 2007 at 8:41 pm #

    no offense dudes, but methinks neither of u are who u say u r. jzeron, what part of the states do you live in?

  14. Jag
    August 22, 2007 at 8:45 pm #

    I dont know if you refer of me. But here check another video from Palacios. Min 5:02 its him. Palacios comes from the same team Suazo played in Honduras. Also Leon who plays with Genoa played in Olimpia

  15. Jag
    August 22, 2007 at 8:47 pm # Here is the link

  16. sam nix
    August 22, 2007 at 9:21 pm #

    Malformed Video ID..

  17. Jag
    August 22, 2007 at 9:24 pm #

    I dont know what happened, try a search in Youtube Honduras Cuba, its the first video that comes out. Sorry

  18. Spanish Fry
    August 22, 2007 at 11:10 pm #

    Try this. Click the first video. Thanks for reference Jag.

  19. katracho
    August 22, 2007 at 11:14 pm #

    ok i live in honduras i know who this guy is ive seen it play and he is a pile of garbage he sucks i dont know why the arsenal even allow this piece of shit to even try out in this team
    this guy is just publicity he sucks ass

  20. Spanish Fry
    August 22, 2007 at 11:19 pm #

    katracho – Can you let us know anything about his style of play or give us some reasons as to why he is so bad? Cheers.

  21. Joshua Asante
    August 23, 2007 at 12:00 am #

    I’m an Arsenal fan do we expect to have any success with Lehmann at the goal?We should get rid of him before we find ourselves in trouble.
    I think Arsenal should drop Lehmann from first team after watching English & Germany match and also the previous 2 matches in the premiership.He is making 2 many mistakes which could be costly for us,again yesterday he made some stupid mistakes but this time he got away with it.He is short of confidence,and we should give Fabianski a chance.

  22. Jag
    August 23, 2007 at 1:12 am #

    I think Katracho comments are without a base, probably is a fan of the adversary teams of Olimpia. THe last we heard in the Honduras radio news is that he is signing tomorrow, Thursday

  23. Spanish Fry
    August 23, 2007 at 2:41 am #

    Jag – That’s absolutely remarkable if true – especially considering the ridiculousness of the newspaper article. Would be good to see him join though.

  24. knightman
    August 23, 2007 at 4:49 am #

    Asante i don’t really think it is fair to judge lehmann by yesterday’s friendly. u must understand that he trains with arsenal like 98% of the times and his communication with the arsenal defence can’t be compared with tht of his motherland.maybe he did a few mistakes yesterday but according to what i saw, most of the mistakes were due to poor marking by the defence and not his goalkeeping that lampard goal, richards outwitted two defenders who didn’t really seem in a hurry to take the ball and lampard had all the time and space to drive the ball past lehmann

    i’ll agree though that lehmann needs to pull up his socks otherwise almunia should get the priority over him although for the Man City game in particular,(with gallas out) let’s have lehmann between the posts because his experience will cover what we’ll lack in the defence.he should just avoid repetition of those mistakes he made in the previous two league matches.

    “Remove sentiments and any act of bitterness,It would be great to have Anelka back in Emirates,It would be great to have him partner Van Persie up front…” I might be breaking my beer bottle on this but as much as Anelka is a good player, i don’t really wanna see him in Emirates..let’s have Obafemi or take confidence in our RVP,Adebayor,Da Silva, Bentdner and even Hleb marksmen coz i see great potential in them. we seriously do need a winger and established defender though. CHEERS! 😉

  25. Joshua Asante
    August 23, 2007 at 7:21 am #

    Knightman,Obafemi Martins or whosoev’r I just want to see a new face before the transfer deadline,so please don’t broke your bottle of beer.

  26. tharu
    August 23, 2007 at 7:23 am #

    any play is welcome as long as good enough to play in barclays league

  27. Samuel
    August 23, 2007 at 8:12 am #

    1. Fry, surely you do care how good or bad he is. If we signed some fat disabled retired old man, you’d be pissed right? Or another Baps?

    2. Harry Potter is supposedly his nickname and Geekov (I think it was) said that it was a bad quick translation that lead to that quote.

    3. I’d love him to come if he’s good. Yes he’s been whoring himself about, but didn’t the likes of Monaco really want him in every report i’ve read, but just couldn’t sort the deal out? If it doesn’t happen though, or if he’s just shit, i’d be ok if he passes us by.

    4. We’ve already been burned by Palacio(s), if it’s a fake, someone has done well in scouting the whole world for someone with a similar name to laff at us.

  28. Samuel
    August 23, 2007 at 8:15 am #

    Also, now I am pissed.
    The league has already become a corperation, sure. But that was the first time I’ve seen it be called the barclays league. I mean, fucking hell, this competetion i love so much now doesn’t have a name, just a corperate sponser. fuck all this capitalism shit, people should play football because they love it and watch it for the same. Not for how much money is in the fucking thing.

    When people finally land on the other planets, they will be named after the brand that sponsers it first.

  29. Spanish Fry
    August 23, 2007 at 10:32 am #

    Samuel – Spot on. As for the comment about whether he is good or bad, what I meant was he doesn’t have to be Ronaldinho for me to welcome the signing – a good quality squad player would do nicely. Also, thanks for the information on the use of ‘Harry Potter’ in the report.

  30. Honduerño
    August 23, 2007 at 3:25 pm #

    ES LA VERGA!!!!!!!!!

  31. the father
    August 23, 2007 at 7:52 pm #

    in my opinion wilson palaces is one of the better footballers at this time that has Honduras and all the area of central america and I believe that serious arsenal the perfect team for hem because adapts al play that. suffers for olimpia that bandage it and that great by arsenal I expect they buy it and they counted me in the following seasons as adapted so fast to English soccer

  32. kevin
    August 23, 2007 at 8:30 pm #

    maybe i can speak or write ,but hes a good player ,just see him is a magical player

  33. Omar120
    August 23, 2007 at 11:39 pm #

    wilson palacios is an amazing player, though im a fan of his rival team here in honduras, I have to admit wilson has incredible qualities. hes fast,very agile with the ball at his feet, has a nice shooting, and he can brake any defense off. heres a goal he scored half-way field check it out

  34. Spanish Fry
    August 23, 2007 at 11:59 pm #

    That’s a big call from someone who is a supporter of his rival club. Do you think he would so well at Arsenal? Also, thanks for the link.

  35. nihf
    August 24, 2007 at 12:53 am #

    wilson is the better player from honduras signin please arsenal

  36. Dionel
    August 24, 2007 at 5:17 am #

    Well, I just wanted to say that Wilson Palacios is a good player, not a magical player, but a good hard team player, I’m a fan of Olimpia, his team down here at Honduras, I still don’t know if he’s ready for the big boys playing in your league, but he has a lot of class and he is hard working, I hope he signs so we can watch him wearing Arsenal’s gloriuos jersey, but if he doesn’t sign send him back so he helps olimpia win some more leagues…we’ll train him some more for u to get him next year…twice the price dought….

  37. david
    August 24, 2007 at 8:47 am #

    palacios is one of the best players in central america.

  38. Hernan
    August 25, 2007 at 6:55 am #

    I am from Honduras but live in Canada however I watch League games of all the Honduran teams and Palacios is an ok player… he can play either attacking midfield or winger. If he gets signed by Arsenal, I wouldnt expect him to play first team right away, to me hes more of a substitute. The problem is not whether he is good enough because if he wasnt he wouldnt have gotten a trial at Monaco or that other team, the problem is Olimpia is asking more than the player is worth. The owner is a cheap ass.

  39. Red Star fan
    August 26, 2007 at 10:43 am #

    Hi guys, I can tell you that Palacios was on trial in Red Star Belgrade for some 10 days or so, and coach and everybody said that he was really good, fast and attractive player. Better ofensive than defensive. He came to Red Star on recommendation of Vladimir Jugovic, maybe the best Red Star player in 1991, when they won Champions Cup. So Red Star was really eager to sign Palacios, but his manager set terms that were not acceptable for RS, too high. Palacios liked Red Star, he was really fast in fitting in and wanted to stay, didn’t want to go back to Honduras, all his family(even 4 brothers playing football) wanted him to sign and make his Europian way. He cried and begged manager to lower the price, but manager stayed on his terms, so Palacios left Belgrade in tears. Fans were a little bit upset Red Star didn’t sign him…

    August 30, 2007 at 6:00 pm #

    palacios was the best player of honduras when he was here he is a humble guy and cheerfully and in every match that i watch him play always makes magic he is very good.

    isay this cause i live in honduras

  41. Bluenose 99
    August 31, 2007 at 6:07 pm #

    Thanks for the tip Arsene!! As the Arsenal junior and cast off team we are very grateful for Mr Wengers help in spotting this guy – hopefully he will help us stay in the premiership as our status as the home of football merits!!!

    August 31, 2007 at 7:46 pm #

    Wilson Palacios has tonight signed a contract for my team Birmingham City and the reccomendation of the great Arsen Wenger……I really hope all the Hondorian guy’s comments are true and he really is a special player who can bring magic to St Andrews!!!!!

    I hope Arsenal win the league this year as they are without doubt the most attractive playing side in the prem!

  43. footballfan01
    August 23, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

    Ive seen him play and let me tell u he is one of the best players in AMERICA that inst famous ….YET give him a year

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  45. Villa-Fan
    January 23, 2009 at 6:19 am #

    pretty ironic isnt it…. that he has now signed for your biggest rivals Spurs! hahahahaha!


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