As of 6pm UK time the English transfer window is now closed.
I had intended to cover “Deadline Day” in a fair bit of detail but was instead forced to help out a friend with an extremely stressful travel insurance problem here in Berlin.
In the end, it seems I didn’t miss much.
Indeed the biggest news for Arsenal is not what happened but what didn’t happen: goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer signing from Fulham.
On one hand I’m obviously disappointed that this move didn’t go through. I firmly believe that Schwarzer would have improved our team and it would have been a lot of fun to see a fellow Australian playing in red and white.
But on the other hand I feel quite good. For all of Almunia’s faults as a goalkeeper he’s still a bloody good bloke and a loyal servant of the club and it’s good to see him get the opportunity to show what he can do this season.
Call me optimistic, deluded or just a massive softie, but the thought of him playing a blinder after all that’s gone on excites me just a bit.
Silvestre’s exit was expected even if the final destination of Bremen was not, while Traore’s move is particularly intriguing.
A few seasons ago William Gallas called Traore the most talented of all our younger players and it will be interesting to see how he handles the experience of playing in another country for one of the very biggest clubs in the world. Personally I think he’ll do quite well.
The comedy story of the day is Alex Hleb’s loan move to Birmingham. From Arsenal to Barcelona to Birmingham, Hleb must go home every night wondering why the heck he didn’t just stay put with his buddy Cesc Fabregas.
And that is that, I’m afraid.
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