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Easter Island Head To Arsenal: Funniest. Transfer. Ever.

So everyone knows this by now. It’s not an April fool’s joke because, well, it’s not April. It’s cold hard truth.

Excuse me for a moment.


Ahem. Ok.

Now I don’t know what’s so funny but I can’t help but laugh at this transfer. Mikael Silvestre has passed up on a chance to get a testimonial next season and the chance to leave on a free to favour a move to Arsenal. So he will move from playing for the United reserves, to sitting on the Arsenal bench — which is an upgrade. You can’t blame him for that, really. Also I’d be shocked if he got a testimonial.

As a player, he’s always made my heart skip a beat with the ball at his feet. His terrible marking in a corner where he let Gallas score the opening goal for Chelsea in that puke inducing 3-0 hammering at Stamford Bridge in the 05/06 season remains fresh in the head. I can’t fault his attitude toward the club though. And I am fairly certain tears wouldn’t be shed at this move anyway.

But two things were laugh worthy. First, the Gooner reaction. Just yesterday, when they got wind of the Silvestre deal being an imminent possibility, Arseblogger (of Arseblog) had this to say:

I have these strange and weird dreams that make no kind of sense to me at all. Vivid motion picture dreams but at the same time I’m convinced that I’m not asleep. It’s all terribly confusing. I mean, last night I dreamt that we were about to sign Mikael Silvestre from Manchester United.

The fish-faced, Freddie Ljungberg head-butting cunt from Manchester United. I must be eating too much cheese before bed time. Still, it’s good to have a cup of coffee in front of me, open up my browser and check the morning news to get a good, healthy dose of reality.


I’m really not sure how to feel about this. On one hand Silvestre is an experienced defender, he’s won titles, played many times for France and would provide better cover at left back than Armand Traore who could then go out on loan and get experience. On the other hand he’s a poxy fucking cunt who can’t seem to close his mouth. Why would we want to sign a player who can’t close his mouth? Many of his injury problems at United have come from swallowing insects as he runs along with his big open gob. I mean, look at him. He was once out for three months when a bee went right down his throat like Luke Skywalker’s bomb in the first Star Wars and stung him on the Adam’s Apple.

Read that piece. It’s hilarious, and in between the hilarity, it reveals the conflict many Arsenal fans will feel about this signing.

The second laugh worthy bit is Arsene Wenger’s thoughts on Silly:

“We have a strong squad but a young squad and Mikaël’s versatility, experience and calibre will provide the extra depth we need to reinforce our challenge for honours this season. His defensive adaptability will serve us well and it’s a big plus that Mikaël has top-level experience and a great understanding of football in the Premier League.”

He actually said all that about Silvestre with a straight face.

Seriously though, he will add some depth to their squad. Good for them. I will bid good bye to him.

Meanwhile Wes Brown expressed shock at Silly’s move. Also, apparently, with a straight face.

In other news, everyone is carrying Berbatov signs for United in their headlines in the hope that they get a little bit of the Newsnow action — when, in reality, he signed an autograph on a Manchester United shirt. Cheeky stuff.

And that’s about it for the day. Oh, and England drew luckily for them and I can’t give a toss to be honest.



  1. Stephen

    August 22, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    I find it amusing, Citeh have signed Vincent Kompany, that to me is a tidy bit of business from Sparky. With Robinho Chelscum have stalked him in a similar manner to what Real did with Ronnie ah Karma!

  2. Penguin

    August 22, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    @Karl: Silvestre asked to leave, we didn’t boot him out – so calm down.,19528,11667_4031092,00.html

  3. Penguin

    August 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    @Craig Mc: I don’t wish it on their fans, just on Calderon, Schuster and co.

  4. Craig Mc

    August 22, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Penguin, yeah I got that mate, and I’m with you on the Calderon, Schuster etc. Yet Calderon said he would be proud of other clubs seeking his best players. What he didn’t follow it up with though, was they wouldn’t get his players, unless R Madrid wanted to use them as pawns. e.g. – Ronhino for Ronaldo.

  5. edi

    August 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I know its the sun but could Fergie be working his magic? You never know……


  6. Karl

    August 22, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Just trying to make a point.

  7. Stephen

    August 22, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I am sitting in a cold airport contemplating life, and cannot understand why we have not signed a striker yet. It is so blindingly obvious the need for one, SAF told the world last season the need for such a player and we still have not brought anyone inn it baffles me. Are we as I suspect skint or have we just put all our eggs in the Berbatov basket, and will cut our noses off to spite our faces, in the immortal Words of our mercurial winger God only knows, not us fans.

  8. dan(u-ol)

    August 22, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    can anybody confirm this? link. anybody with sky sports news.

  9. Gabriel

    August 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    @dan(u-ol): hurray!! :mrgreen: 😛 Finally, one more striker to add to our strikeforce. This brings up an issue, if we have all these strikers – Tevez, Rooney, Campbell, Saha, Manucho – is Fergie gonna still bring in Berba or wait for Benzema nxt year?

    Let’s face it, Berba’s a bit old, and for the price Tottenham are placing on him, Fergie might be tempted to use the ones we have and wait for the younger version which will be available nxt summer. I’d rather that happens, and we get a young winger at the mo. Imagine Benzema, Rooney, Tevez, Manucho, Campbell, Saha as a strikeforce. Youth plus experience all thru…

  10. Red Ranter

    August 22, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    New post up.

  11. AlphaRS

    August 22, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    There is only one plater worth the amount of money we are willing to pay for Dimitar Berbatov and it is Karim Benzema.

    I believe he would suit Rooney’s playing style quite well.

    Rooney ofcourse has his own problems. I think he tries almost too hard.
    He has struggled to reach the heights (it pains me to say it but) Ronaldo has.

    Why are no clubs out there trying to prise Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United? An interesting question?!

  12. Red Ranter

    August 22, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    @Stephen: I actually don’t think this was identical.

    Robinho was treated badly by the club. He was perfectly happy prior to the whole Ronaldo thing. To their credit, Chelsea didn’t conduct themselves badly over the Robinho transfer. Robinho speaking out publicly though is the kind of thing Madrid deserve because of the way they rode roughshod over him.

    But yes Madrid deserve every bit of what they are getting although this is not an identical scenario as our. I don’t have any sympathy for them.

    Karma is a brilliant thing innit?

  13. Matthew

    August 22, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    No mate i haven’t seen that, hope it is true though as he looks like he could be quite a player.

    Sounds like we are just gonna do with what we have got.

  14. Red Ranter

    August 22, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Why are no clubs out there trying to prise Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United?

    Because he’s English.

    Apart from Lampard there are very few English players linked abroad.

    Over the past decade only Michael Owen, Beckham and McManaman have played abroad (Hargreaves doesn’t count).

    No English club could possibly buy Rooney off us because we are as big as it gets and even rival clubs recognize that our star players are ‘un-buyable’.

  15. Red Ranter

    August 22, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    This was as of August 19th:

    Manchester United’s Manucho, who has not been registered by the English champions for this season because he needs a British work permit, has been replaced in the squad by Portuguese-based forward Mateus, the Angolan Football Federation announced. [Source: Reuters]

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