Farewell, Sol...who's next though the Emirates doors?

So, farewell then, Sol…for the second time. The man who broke the hearts of the despicable fans of the team that dare not speak its name is seemingly signing for the Toon later today on a one-year deal worth £35,000 a week. No doubt his friendship with Newcastle puppet Chris Hughton stretching back to the their time together at Shite Hart Lane has an influence on this decision. AW appeared to have left the door open for Sol to stay another season and given that we lost both Mikael Silvestre and Bill G, it would have made sense to keep him to my mind.
Unless, that is, AW has another central defensive signing up his sleeve. And if he has, could he kindly shake his arm and reveal Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka, Per Mertesacker or indeed any other suitable servant from his cuff. The master plan was to use Johan Djourou as cover for Tommy. V and Laurent Koscielny but this still leaves us short and, given injuries – as Johan suffered last night in the 4-0 win over some Austrian mob – we clearly do not have enough cover.
The friendly win over SC Neusiedi was the last game of the pre-season tour of Austria and now the rip-roaring Reds head back to Blighty for the Emirates Cup this weekend – although you can catch a glimpse of a young Gunners side tonight in a reserve friendly at Dagenham & Redbridge.
Goals from Theo Walcott, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Marouane Chamakh and Carlos Vela secured the easiest of wins, expect AC Milan and Celtic to provide tougher tests for God’s own.
In other news, reports today suggest Italy keeper Marchetti could interest AW. The Cagliari keeper, 27, played all three of Italy’s World Cup matches after replacing the injured Gianluigi Buffon during their first game with Paraguay. Cagliari have put him up for sale but have recently turned down a bid from Juventus. Cagliari president Massimo Cellino is reported to have said: “The only real club that is pushing for his signature is Arsenal.”

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