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Title Talk, Loans & Clichy called up to France Squad 31 January, 2008

Posted by lasagnechef in Arsenal News, Internationals, Transfers.

Deadline day of the transfer window is typically a busy and exiting day, not if you’re an Arsenal fan. We’ve made one signing, 15-year-old Luke Freeman for the youth squad, hurrah! Diarra’s gone to Portsmouth but that’s about the only bit of transfer action we’ve had and I’m not expecting any more to be honest.

We have actually completed a couple of loan deals today; Randall’s gone to Burnley and Gibbs to Norwich. I don’t think we’re going to need them for the remainder of this season so it gives these two an opportunity to gain some first team experience. Let’s just hope these players want to come back after their loans this time! Theo Walcott was linked with a loan move this January but he’s told us it would be pointless. He raised the point that he trains with world-class players everyday and he wouldn’t get that experience anywhere else. He has a point.

Cesc and Flamini have been talking about the title race today. Fabregas has said that the team would be very ‘disappointed’ if we didn’t win the league this season. We’ve been on top for most of the season and even managed to create a little gap but it was our lead to lose. We’re now level on points with United with everything to play for.

Flamini’s been saying that our side’s age has nothing to do with it and that we are super confident. We do have the ability to go all the way but we’re going to need our rivals to slip up somewhere. It’s certainly going to be an interesting run in.


There’s some good news for Gael Clichy today as he’s been called up to the France squad. He’s been in sublime form and he’s more than earned his place in the squad. I’m sure he’s delighted with the news and I’m pleased for him. He’ll be joined by William Gallas, Matty Flamini, Abou Diaby and Bac Sagna. Good news to see some of those names there getting some international experience but I won’t be so pleased if they come back injured…

That’s your lot for today people, I’ve got to go. I’ll write a Man City preview tomorrow and you might get another post if we’ve signed loads of players tonight. Thanks for reading.


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