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21/08/2008 09:33

Papers: Wenger greets Mik

Silvestre adds savvy to young Gunners
The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, says Mikaël Silvestre will add an extra dimension to his youthful squad and bolster the Gunners' challenge for honours. The French defender completed his move from Manchester United yesterday on a two-year deal for £750,000. Wenger said: "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."
Ryan Borroff, The Guardian

Silvestre's move is reported in all the papers - the Daily Mirror's take on the transfer is that "the Old Trafford board are keen to ease their wage bill. Dimitar Berbatov is set to join soon on big money and United will save £55,000 a week by selling Silvestre."

Speaking of Berbatov, The Sun claims a picture exclusive with its photo of the Spurs striker signing a fan's United shirt. The paper quotes an onlooker as saying, "I was gobsmacked when he took the shirt and signed it. He didn’t have any problems with it at all. If I was one of Berbatov’s team-mates or a Spurs fan, I’d be furious. It is incredibly disrespectful - he may as well have kissed the United badge."

National team affairs dominate the back pages with the announcement of FA chief exec Brian Barwick's departure, plus the usual post-mortem on England failing to win a friendly.

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