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Official - Arsenal Sign Mikael Silvestre







Arsenal have completed the extraordinary signing of Mikael Silvestre from title rivals Manchester United. The 31-year-old French international signs up at the Emirates on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee...


Arsenal have confirmed that the transfer took place this evening, having already awarded the experienced stopper the number 18 shirt.

Silvestre told the official club website upon his arrival at the Emirates, "I’ve spent a large part of my career at United, the last nine years, and I’ll remember that time fondly but feel I’m ready for a new challenge.

"Arsenal is known for playing technical and skilful football, and has a young but experienced squad. I’m really excited about this next stage of my career, hopefully playing my part in helping the Club to new successes."

Manager and countryman Arsene Wenger added, "We have a strong squad but a young squad and Mikael’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 Mikael has top level experience and a great understanding of football in the Premier League."

Late Approach

The move had the hallmarks of a whirlwind transfer about it, given that until late last night Silvestre's most likely destination appeared to be United's local rivals, Manchester City.

However reports then surfaced that Wenger had a particular fondness for the 31-year-old, who has vast experience of English football after nine seasons at Old Trafford.

Prior to that the versatile stopper had a middling season with Inter, whom he joined from Rennes after three campaigns with Rennes in the French league.

A retired international, Silvestre garnered 40 caps for Les Bleus between 2001 and 2007, winning two Confederations Cups and playing in the 2006 World Cup final against Italy.

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