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'Arry to raid Chelski again?

Arsenal have often been seen as a 'feeder club' for us, or as most people say 'an Arsenal retirement village', either way I am happy to be viewed as such, but with us constantly 'linked' to so many Chelski players they could be about to take over that tag!

We signed Ben Sahar on loan until January recently and we are being constantly 'linked' with Shaun Wright-Phillips, but The News is today reporting that Harry Redknapp is 'closing in' on making Wayne Bridge his next big summer signing?

I would be more than happy to see Bridge sign - or to be honest Nicky Shorey who is also being linked - but in all honesty as much as I think we do need a new longer term left back at some point I would not put this as a priority, and the suggestion is that this has become the case.

Hermann Hreidarsson was fantastic last season, and whilst he is not getting any younger, in fact he has now turned 34, I would be happy to see him carry on this season. And that is said as much as I might like one of the other targets to sign - and this due simply to the fact that a winger and a creative midfielder are higher priorities for me.

Bridge would be a fantastic signing and given a choice I would go for him over Shorey, but besides Hreidarsson we already have Martin Cranie who could act as cover, along with Lauren, Noe Pamarot - although all right sided players - and Djimi Traore, but the latter two are being linked with moves to Hull.

I suspect that any move for Wright-Phillips would be on a season loan - which I would be happy with - so if we could do this, also get Bridge and find and sign that creative midfielder - Pablo Aimar perhaps? - then I would be ecstatic. That said I would forgo Bridge if this meant we would have to miss out on the other areas that need looking at more urgently - but that is just my own opinion.

What do we reckon guys - has Bridge become 'our no.1 target' as is being reported? Thoughts as always below please...


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Date:Monday July 14 2008

Time: 11:26AM

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Maybe Harry is angling for a buy one get one free deal.
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14/07/2008 11:42:00

I reckon Kaboul is ahead of Bridge/Shorey in the "likelihood" stakes. I'm hopeful about SWP and have no opinion about Pablo Aimar.
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14/07/2008 12:03:00

Agree with a lot you said Rug. I was still holding out for Nephew Frank to join his Uncle Harry.
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14/07/2008 12:07:00

The problem I have with Bridge is that he has been more than happy to simply be a bench warmer for far too long now. Does he still have the motivation to play football or is all just about the money?
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14/07/2008 13:03:00

and he is a SCUMMER through and through. A good player and certainly better than we've got, but would a few bad performances result in the crowd turning on him? Who could forget his celebration at Stamford Bridge a few years back?! I'd rather have Shorey for this reason
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14/07/2008 13:43:00

Bridge would be a good long term solution to left back. Have to agree that SWP and a central midfield playmaker should be the priority though and therefore don't understand what the big fuss is over getting Kaboul. We have enough to get by at that position and unless money's growing on trees it's an unnecessary luxury. As for Bridge being an ex Scummer, so is Arry, Crouch, & Cranie. What matter is that he pless well for us & I otherwise couldn't give a rat's derriere.
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14/07/2008 14:35:00

I think Harry would make Bridge a fantastic player again (like he was with . . . spit . . . The Scum) So Bridge, SWP, Kaboul and Menes and I'm in Heaven.
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14/07/2008 15:09:00

Let Utaka go back to Rennes (or who'll ever take him) use that money and bit of ready cash to snap up SWP, find a decent centre half to replace Campbell (he's passed it IMHO and the others at the club aren't of the standard we should be aspiring to if we're going to replace him) and if we get a left back and /or central midfielder that would be the icing on the cake.
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14/07/2008 17:23:00

I think Campbell still has some life in him yet. I thought we had loads of midfielders but needed a left back and a right winger? Utaka can go - anywhere, although a lot of people think he will come good this year. (I'm not one of them).
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14/07/2008 19:05:00

I've mentioned before, I was at the Bridge when he did his gloating over us after scoring, I forgave Harry, I'll overlook Crouchs indiscretion with the other lot, but Bridge is a 5CUMMER through and through
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14/07/2008 20:48:00

I don't think its time to write off Sol just yet, but we will need a bit of cover with all the extra games that the poor old fella won't be able to make. I still think Kaboul would be the best bet- lets not forget Linvoy of course! As for all these players from Chelski & Arsenal, perhaps Arry's building up some sort of clubcard points, and we get a free player!
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14/07/2008 21:11:00

Actually Arry seems to be signing the complete England team. We might struggle to pay John Terry's wages, but Frank is family! They might need to give Fabio a complimentary season ticket next year at this rate. (Happy Days)
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14/07/2008 21:13:00

SWP on a season long loan and bridge in for around 5m would do the trick i reckon...
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14/07/2008 23:04:00

Sol has been found wanting on occassions because of age but to be fair to him using attacking full backs will leave any defender exposed and out of position at times. We do need cover for him as he won't stand up to another full season with Europe games as well. I'd like to see Harry use a 3,1,4,2 formation with Distin in front of Sol and allowed to roam to cover or attack with Diarra a bit more forward than he was last season.
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15/07/2008 04:02:00

bridge has just signed a new contract with chelski - so we wont be getting him...
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15/07/2008 17:09:00

Yep. This is a dead duck. WB signed a new 4 year contract.
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15/07/2008 17:40:00

Didn't want the Scummer anyway ... Bring on Shorey !
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15/07/2008 20:29:00

Shorey - or Kaboul. One or the other would do us. Bridge was too much the scummer at the end of the day. Of course Shorey's another potential England player - I'm losing count how many that would be!
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15/07/2008 20:52:00

We feed at the table below the big 4. Whatever they throw our way or what doesn't suit them we welcome. There are quite few teams who are not good enough to sit at our table.
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15/07/2008 22:22:00

very philowhattiscal Matt.. What with Sneakay translating Ancient Roman and you.. I'm gonna have to get meself a Brian ....
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16/07/2008 22:55:00


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