Report: Bernard due for Arsenal medical on Friday


L’Equipe are reporting that Brazilian winger, Bernard, will travel to London on Friday to complete a move to Arsenal.

The diminutive star is currently in Copa Libertadores action for Atlético Mineiro and will, apparently, play a match against Paraguayan side Olimpia Asuncion on Wednesday night before traveling to complete the Arsenal deal.

He’s due to have a medical on Friday.

They say a salary of around €3m per season has been agreed, but there’s no indication what the transfer fee might be.

It remains to be seen how much veracity there is to this story, but they seem quite sure this is going ahead.

Till will tell, we suppose.

Update – The Mirror’s John Cross reports from Japan that after Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Grampus Nagoya Wenger was asked about Bernard and replied: “That report is not true.”

Naturally, you never really know with Arsene but his response is rather emphatic.


    • This is not “meh” news – this is good news. If Arseblog keeps this up, this dog will definitely be showing his lipstick!

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        • Sandwich is right. I’ve been following AM week in week out, and it’s obviously meh. Those who only watched him at Conf Cup are excited I guess, I’m not at all. And I bet, you know jackshit about him.

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        • As a fellow brazilian who knows the brasileirao, i can vouch for bernard being real good. but can he make it in the prem? man if i know that i’d be sitting with Arsene right now (probably trying to convince him to sign Higuain already while im at it haha)

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        • any chance man u bidding for cesc forces our hand to buy him back (due to probable outrage of fans) to prevent us from signing players in positions we actually need (GK, CB, ST)?????

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      • But 1st thing I thought, “meh” was him not being so sure ’bout this report (after all Higuain was on his way for medical 3 weeks ago)…

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    • REALLY?!

      Complain that we have deadwood – when we release deadwood, complain there’s no signings.

      No hint of a signing (possibly more than just tabloid bumph) and your reaction is “meh”?!!



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      • I’m probably wrong, but my immediate interpretation of the comment was that the “meh” was relating to the reporting, not the player: i.e. news outlet reports that player XYZ is going to have a medical, presumably the first of half a dozen medicals that said player will have until either the move is announced or the whole thing peters out and everybody realises that there was no medical and that nobody actually knew anything. See all the talk about the Higuain deal being on the verge of completion a few weeks ago.

        I guess we’ll have to just wait and see.

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        • Interesting that we trust news from a non-English news source than a domestic paper. If this was any of the British press as a source we’d all be stocking up on salt for pinching..

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    • Yeah, getting into the Brazil national team is so Meh these days.

      Side note: This might mean the Ox being unyoked in CM a bit more often.

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    • Yeah, that would be Wenger’s cash till.
      It makes that “ker-ching” noise when the drawer is opened, a dead giveaway that we are spending some money.

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    • A winger would add further attacking threat and allow Santi to move back into the AM position, rather than playing on the left as he did towards the end of last year. That would give the side for fluidity.

      I think this would be a good signing.

      Obviously we need assurance at CB, but this is positive.

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      • we need Santi to stay on the left, use Rosicky/ WIlshere in that position.
        I think Rosicky is a better player in that position anyway

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        • Or Santi and Rosicky can play alternatively considering Rosicky’s injury record. That gives Wilshire some room too who is coming back from an injury.

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    • Typicals Gooners. Complain that Gervinho isn’t good enough. When clubs decides to sell him and buy one of the stars of the “new Brazil”, complain that the club should focus on other positions.

      Really can’t be pleased.

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      • You know i also dont like people complaining about everything. This signing is good news of course. As was Sanogo. But pleased? Noo.

        And we can be pleased pretty easily compared to other clubs fans actually.
        Just sign one solid striker and one solid CB and i will be pleased.

        I dont even need Higuain at this point. Just some depth. Solid experienced finisher. Whatever.

        See how easy it can be?

        Right now i remain not pleased and will continue not being so till it happens. I dont know whats so weird about that.

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        • I think the point to take here is that Sanogo has played 24 times for a senior club while Bernard has played 90 times, and that Sanogo is a long way from being selected for France while Bernard has played 5 times for Brazil, twice as a substitute during this year’s confederations cup.

          So he looks like someone who has the experience to be part of the first team either straight away or within this season, such as getting onto the subs bench. He might do an Oxlade-Chamberlain in 2011 and play a crucial role in the second half of the season. Therefore unlike Sanogo, who probably needs more experience in the reserves or out on loan, he is probably ready to make a contribution to the team, and counts as a proper signing.

          No doubt it is underwhelming, I thought “Bernard” was an in-joke among some of you at first. No doubt we need more signings, and no doubt he isn’t what comes to mind when Gazidis was playing his word games about having a war chest to spend, in order to sell season-tickets. But if this guy does sign, we will be a bit safer from the summer 2011 situation. He’s no more of a gamble than is Oscar- where was he a year ago?

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        • Fair enough. I take your point and agree.

          If my comment was negative it was the frustration talking out of me and hey i agree this is a positive report so lets be happy about that one.

          But i still remain not please with our summer overall, so lets hoped its gonna change.

          Cheers mate.

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        • Why is no one talking about Remy or Cisse?!? Remy allegedly has a relegation clause in his contract and Cisse seems disgruntled about the whole sponsorship nonsense. IMO both offer something quite different from Giroud and can be picked up on at ‘Wenger friendly’ prices.

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    • Wouldn’t a winger allow Walcott or Podolski to move into the middle and thus give us a different striking option? While I want us to sign a high quality striker, this transfer (if true) would at least give us a chance to move players around depending on the opposition should the likely happen (based on the news reports so far) and we don’t sign a striker.

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    • All the speculation regarding Gervinho’s future will make sense if we bring in another wide player. I don’t think he is a bad player, just unpredictable in front of goal and even on the ball!

      I do think CB and CF should be priority right now, but I wouldn’t be too fussed if we brought in an amazing wide player and gave Podolski and Giroud the burden up front. Theo is also an option too, which gives the Ox more game time down the right.

      Whatever happens, if keep our core together and add some real quality we should be good on our way.

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  1. trying not to get hopes up, trying not to get hopes up… nope, too late. I really hope this is true and if so, it must spell the end for Gervinho, right?

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    • and thats how wenger decied to purchase him. Sanogo is great in FM13 and Bernard is exciting talent in Fifa.

      Which makes me wonder if Wenger is relying to much on the scouts of Fifa and FM. Because in Fifa 13 you can actually win the premeir leagure with this bunch of players when rest of the team is buying all kinds of world class players left and right.

      Someone please wake our manager from his slumber! We are in immediate need of goalkeeper, defender, midfield enforcer and one quality goal scorer. IF we want to PRETEND we want to win all the trophies because with these bunch we were tossed out of the domestic and European Cup tournaments like used tissue paper.

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  2. Spend weeks crying for a signing. First sign of an actual signing and the first reaction is ‘Meh’.

    Arsenal fans.

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      • last time we bought any top top top quality player was Bergkamp back in sepia era.

        But we nearly bought so many world class players and nearly won all the trophies available in the recent years. I think jovetic was also on of our nearly signed players and now Fellaini and Higuain looks likely to join the exclusive list of missed players by the Wenger & Co.

        Arsenal is fast becoming an onion club. Full of tears and trouble for little bit of pleasure in weekend.

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        • So yo’ure actually complaining about the era in which The Invincibles ruled?

          Possibly the most ridiculous post ever.

          Also, are onions really that difficult to deal with? Man up!

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        • “Arsenal is fast becoming an onion club. Full of tears and trouble for little bit of pleasure in weekend.”

          Kind of sounds more like most of our marriages.

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  3. Kid has really really awesome Youtube videos .

    Also he’s played in the midfield with Ronaldinho , that’s something right?

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  4. He isnt very good looking,but i suppose we have to give him a chance. In all seriousness if you watch South American football you will know that he is tasty. Really really really small…..but tasty. A good start.

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  5. Bernard – don’t know a huge amount about him, but apparently he’s a tiny wonderkid. Great on the wings, so would be a good signing to replace fivehead.

    His crossing and corner-taking looks good (that’s not taken from stats from FM games or FIFA 13, by the way!) so that’d be something. Problem is, he’s still pretty young (20?) and tiny, so not sure how he’ll get on in the fierce EPL. Still, would certainly add something to the team, and would be a good signing.

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    • First of all: Don’t know much about this player, but if a player like Oscar can handle the PL, who literally looks like a 14 year old kid, then I bet this guy can too.

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      • Yeah, I’m sure he’ll do fine once he gets the hang of it. Just trying to be critical of him; good points and bad points.

        If we get him, would be quite exciting, definitely a good signing that we can throw on straight away. He’d be fantastic from the bench for the next season, coming on when we need a little something different. Unpredictable and good passing skills, and he’s as fast as Theo.

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  6. Never heard of him before we were linked. But nonetheless, it’s a signing, and I’m excited.

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    • “Never heard of him before we were linked.”

      That, if anything, should tell you that this one is a goer.

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  7. This guy has always looked better than Oscar to me, he’s more direct and has a lot more pace. I wouldn’t mind some of that.

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  8. Maybe it’s way to secure striker position. For example – we don’t sign Higuain nor Suarez, Podolski will be moved to centre forward and this little fella will fill the gap.

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    • Was not at all impressed by Pod at CF when he was given the chance, not sure that contingency plan would work out too well.

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  9. The one thing i have discovered during this transfer window is that if you combine salt and vinger crisps with with BBQ crisps, you get prawn cocktail, not really relevant, but presently more factual than any Arsenal transfer story!

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  10. If this news is true,I feel wenger will not sign a striker again.he will want to play poldoski or giroud through the middle.

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    • Maybe you might want to consider that he wants the OX to the middle. Everyone bangs on about defenders etc2, but we lack width last season. And if is true bould wants the FBs to be more discipline holding the backline instead of kamikaze forward bombs, then this type of signing is expected. As far as I know looking at the “heat zones” he plays in, this guy pretty much hugs the line.

      And he is a Brazillian. A Winger Brazillian in the National Team. You don’t get into their NT as an attacking force if you are not talented enough(not including Hulk of course) How can anyone not be excited?

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    • lots of things are meh. Most things are meh. Meh is the sensation of really not being all that bothered. I don’t think it really should apply to Bernard though.
      I think it’s probably just his name that evoked that response. If this is indeed all true we’ll probably need to rename him to make him seem more “kazaam!” or something.

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      • Stuart Robson, getting dogshit on you new white nikes, hangovers, and following through after a particularly hot curry are all examples of meh.

        Hope this helps 😉

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  11. The boy is great,,,,, great pace like lightening, very good on the ball, perfect in free kicks and very accurate on shooting…………He will be a hit at Arsenal.

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  12. From Real Madrid to MU then the chase continues to Liverpool aka the vampire man..out of sudden oops I should say out of nowhere here comes another unknown kid from the wood. Is this where we really wants to finish? Meh probably not a very good word to described maybe ‘Neh’ should be the right word for this. Common we want big players please…all seasons the same ended up with some unknown ‘someone’ and the word of comfort always the same too- free, cheap and nice, talented, potential what else…yeah continue 9 years drought and say what we are not loyal enough to support?

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  13. The fact that we don’t much about the kid is what truly excites me. He’s young and, if signs for Arsenal, will be under Wenger’s guidance. I can only imagine what a great player he will become

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  14. I hope this guy is world class. It would be nice to actually have a world class winger that actually wants to play on the wing!

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  15. Hopefully this is the first, followed by a few more. Sky sports are claiming Fabregas will jump at the chance to join utd if barca accept an offer. Will Arsenal bid for him if they know he’s going to leave, or be happy to let him join the skunk?

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  16. I’ll believe it only when I see it. Although as a glimmer of hope, the article does not have quotes from his father/brother/sister/second-cousin/half-brother’s friend etc so seems somewhat reliable

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  17. This link to Bernard was invented on twitter no? Just seems like another paper scouring twitter for stories and inventing the next step of the deal.

    Would be an odd signing, being a diminutive quick right sided inside forward. One area we are actually set in.

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  18. Yey!
    Although if I may be granted just a little petulance. It’d be nice if the club would make a few more signings that I didn’t have to look up on the Internet for a change. Like Arteta.

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  19. This is just so Arsenal. Crying out for a striker and we sign an untried Brazilian. Brazilians rarely succeed in the UK. Don’t get me wrong, he could be amazing — I know fuck all about him — but of all the positions on the field I really thought that the most pressing signings in order are:

    1) Striker (We struggled for goals last season from our one striker Giroud. Wenger played Gervinho there for Christ’s sake.

    2. DM competition for Arteta, now that Coquelin has gone out on loan and he is over 30 and if he is injured we would have to shuffle.

    3. Goalkeeper. We have sold Mannone.

    4. Defender. As usual we have to wait until we get injured to force our hand.

    And we buy a winger! Untested! Young! It’s just typical Arsenal.

    I’m happy we’ve bought someone though, but just disappointed we aren’t nailing our priorities. That is of course unless Higuaín or whoever is in the bag and we just don’t know it…

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      • Come on man. Edu didn’t set the world alight, Ramires is alright but not exactly world class, and Oscar scored an amazing CL goal but he still hasn’t proved himself.

        I know I sound mad negative but if this story is true I feel we should be pouring our energy into a striker, not a winger.

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        • lol ramires is alright. one of the main reasons chelsea won the CL. sure he had 2nd season syndrome but credit where its due man. and edu did set the prem alight for a while

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        • True because all Brazilians are exactly the same.

          Every. Single. One.

          Of the massively populated, vastly multi-cultural and diverse nation.

          The same.

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      • You’ve changed the goalposts. |Your original posts said succeed, not set the world alight. He succeed in the premiership. Not always in the starting 11 but I always felt good when we could bring on a player of his quality in what was one of our great teams. Nowadays I am more likely to groan when I see who is coming on as a sub.

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  20. Great news IF we sign him.

    Off topic with this but just watched sky sports news and there is guy on convinced that Cesc is going to be signing for manure at the end of the week if Barcelona new boss is happy to sell. He thinks this is very likely.

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    • How did that guy find out all what he claimed? Wanted to slap him. I just can’t see Cesc going to utd, after all the hassle of getting to Barca and then giving up after 2 seasons. Plus the fact, it’s utd! Surely he wouldn’t go there…would he? Gives me nightmares

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  21. According to wikipedia he’s 1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in) tall which, if correct, would make him the shortest player in the Premier League – he could fit in Mertesacker’s pocket, must have a low centre of gravity etc etc

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  22. “He is a big talent. It’s a pleasure to share in the moment when another star is born. I am happy and I hope he continues in this manner for many, many years.” Ronaldinho. if he approves so do I!

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  23. Young: Tick
    Pacey: Tick
    Not too expensive: Tick
    No British press transfer rumors: Tick

    Could be some truth in this one!

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  24. it would be a great deal. however, would that mean we are not looking at Fabregas even next summer orare we plannng to loose Cazorla to Athletico Madrid???. what happens to our DM position which needs urgent attention? it is getting glaringly obvous that we need another versatile defender as Koscielny is knocked now. finally, I hope wenger is not dubbing fans over a new striker as Giroud seems to find his mojo. the season is a marathon Mr Wenger!!!!!.

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    • ‘would that mean we are not looking at Fabregas even next summer orare we plannng to loose Cazorla to Athletico Madrid???’ How did you get all that from a report that we may sign a winger? I really am intrigued

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      • It’s not a foolish point. Knowing Wenger as we do, if he signs this kid then (unless he moves, say, Cazorla on) it does seem less likely that we’d re-sign Fabregas.

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  25. If he is good enough for Big Phil then he is good enough for Arsenal. Also if we do fail to sign a striker (looking more and more likely), it will free up the left side for Poldoski to have more game time as a central striler

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  26. Read an article which states we’ve bid 21.5 million for him!! The same article also says he didn’t play a single game for Miniero last season, not sure what to make of that. Mind you the article was in the same rag that reported Santi going to Atletico Madrid lol.

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    • Stoke has a new manager and has even signed a Barcelona youngster. I look forward to them ditching the hoofball style.

      You also assume that this guy (who is even shorter than Santi) would start against Stoke.

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  27. Bit torn about this rumour to be honest, on the one hand we’re getting a spacey Brazilian international, but on the other hand his name seems more suited to a customer relations bloke. Anyone want to start a petition to get his name changed to Bernadinho? im sure there would be a lot more excitement if he did.
    Also, maybe Wenger feels the Need for a constant Brazilian presence, when was the last time we didn’t have a Brazilian in the team?

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  28. I know that any signing is better than nothing, but isn’t he a bit expensive (assuming he really cost us 21 £21m? That is almost the price we offered Madrid for Higuain. Besides he is such a diminutive player, I don’t think he can handle the physical nature of the PL.

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  29. I’m not ashamed to say I’d never heard of him before we were linked with him, but if he’s good then fine by me.
    This all seems to have spiralled into the truth from a fake Twitter account. Can we set one up to make the Higuain deal happen too?

    I would like to see loads of people with Bernard on the back of their shirts. Next we’d need to get in Fred and then maybe Harold, Albert, Ronald, Ted and Wilfred.

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  30. I am getting excited already.. Imagine playing him and cazrola in same team.. it’s like having two queens in chess – attack from both sides..

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  31. Hope we are trying to sign Luiz Gustavo as well.. Bayern are ready to sell and I don’t think he’ll get a lot of playing time under Guardiola, now that they have signed Thiago. He shouldn’t cost more than 15-20m and, for me, is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe.

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  32. Bernard has been a big factor in Mineiro getting to the Libertadores final, absolutely no doubt he would improve our squad – far better technical ability than Gervinho. This would be a great signing, he’s pretty sought after already and very young. We will in all likelihood break our transfer record for him.

    It would almost certainly mean that Gervinho is up for sale and going, which to me is a good thing, he simply hasn’t been good enough. I know he has had two ACN’s to deal with mid-season but that doesn’t account for his ability on the ball, and it simply isn’t good enough, gets into great positions but far too wasteful, at 25-26 years of age I don’t see anything changing..

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  33. arsenal are notorious for making signings on Friday. gives us time to get two or three more deals done before the week is out. higuian, a cdm, gk, & cb would be a welcomed gift to the lads as they arrive back in England. I really wanted gervinho to succeed because he at least put in effort but I’m not crying if he leaves and wish he succeeds going forward.

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  34. Derived from the Germanic element bern “bear” combined with hard “brave, hardy”. The Normans brought it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Beornheard. This was the name of several saints, including Saint Bernard of Menthon who built hospices in the Swiss Alps in the 10th century, and Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, a 12th-century theologian and Doctor of the Church. Another famous bearer was George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), an Irish playwright and essayist.

    join us, brave little bear.

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  35. Bernand would be a good signing for us, he will be a replacement for Gervinho. I have watched him play and him and ronaldinho have smashed teams. they had a good understand, if it is true i can see him and cazorla on the same wave length

    he is left footed but also can shot with his right, very quick winger, kinda reminds me of jesus navas in that way.

    but he is the next big thing from brazil

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    • be diplomatic – with arsenals painful silence in this summers transfer market there would literally be no updates on this site for weeks at a time. the fact that this one has come straight out of left field with such an assured statement of ‘medical this week’, it makes it intriguing. and a welcome break from the higuain, rooney, fellani, suarez, cesc, mata, cesar, barry, williams, shite we’ve been regurgitating for a month now with thrice daily updates.

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    • How do you know Cesc is available for £30 million?

      Cesc is also a 26-year-old who left us in the past. Bernard appears to be the next Neymar, could grow with the rest of our squad and fills a more prominent gap than that which Cesc could fill.

      The thing is, Porto usually snaps up top South American talent because new arrivals can speak Portuguese and find their feet in European football there.

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    • Wouldn’t Cesc be cheaper for us due to the terms of the transfer to Barcelona? Surely they’ll still owe us money for him and this would be taken off.

      Also, we have an agreed fee for him as part of the first refusal. The amount other teams have to pay is not going to be reflected by us. People may complain about Arsene signing players but he knows what he’s doing when he’s able to sell them.

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  36. If this goes through, I could totally see Wenger using Podi centrally and rotating with Giroud. Either that, or this is to help us not run Santi into the ground. I think this is potentially solid 🙂

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  37. I was sure about it, Wenger denied any link with Bernard… We know he could easily lie, but it is unlikely this time; he was too definite. It might still be a chance though.
    Are we planning to sign nobody for next season? That’s incredible!

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    • You mean like saying players not leaving the club during the summer? That kind of definite?

      What Wenger is very good at is showing you something shiny in one hand and then give you a slap with the other. This isn’t a dig at Wenger, as I do believe this summer he is allowed a little leeway due to finally having the transfer fund brough about by his frugal nature, but a visual aid for our recent transfer and interview activity.

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    • Wenger denied any link with Arteta days before signing him. He won’t really acknowledge anything unless it’s fairly safe to do so. With Sanogo he acknowledged it because it wasn’t likely to irritate Auxerre that much because he was definitely leaving on a free, plus Sanogo had already revealed it (a lot) himself.

      There’s not much point in reading anything either way into what Wenger says about transfers most of the time because it hardly ever leads anywhere.

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  38. Is this fella really what we need? A midget winger? Giroud and The Seven Dwarves….Bernie, Walcott, Cazorla, Ox, Wilshere, Rosicky and errrr Yanaris! Ha….

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  39. At 57kg, i wonder what would become of him after a full force Orc leader Ryan Shawcross tackle.

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  40. Given the way the summer has gone, after Wenger said no I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up signing him.

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  41. This season is going to be a mix of the last season and the season before….simples..
    did I say this too soon or should I wait for the coming season to end…like last time or the time before…

    Come on Arsene..get some Big Arses in already….jeez

    rant over…going back to office work…

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  42. Of course “That report is not true” … It could be that Bernard won’t be arriving on Friday, but some other day.

    Or “That report is not true” … because L’Equipe says it’s a five year contract paying Bernard €3 million pa net of tax.

    There are any number of reasons “That report is not true” signifying nothing.

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      • any brazillian with a name ending in a vowel attracts a 14% mark up in transfer fees. they’re more fashionable. this is the smart purchase.

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    • such as….oh…maybe….Arsene is LYING?!?!?! MUWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! (Cue hand rubbing, red light shining evilling upward at face, casting shadows of dancing XI silhouettes on the backdrop of rough hewn rockface….

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  43. so where does this leave ryo, gerv, and especially gnabry who i thunk is making massive strides towards becoming a regular first 11.methinks this is totally unnecessary.

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    • i think the general feeling is hope that this leaves gervinho at some other club. maybe ryo could provide some competition for theo on the right. Gnabry isn’t ready for first team action outside of early cup games so this wouldn’t affect him. we’ve shipped out a lot of youngsters and fringe players so this is a positive signing, if it is even real life.

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  44. Yawn and so the dithering continues, I really can’t believe they are wasting so much time on Suarez,there is not a hope in hell he will come to Arsenal, and why would we want such a divisive player anyway? Is this bell end really the man we want to lead our line? I really am starting to feel that we are all going to be totally underwhelmed by our transfer dealings. Meh indeed.

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  45. We might need a striker, but if it is a toss up between this guy and Suarez, I will take Bernard. It will be a shame if the club bends its principals just to land an admittedly amazing talent.

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  46. So on the one hand I am glad that we are finally spending some money and bringing in some players, but on the other hand last time I checked we didnt need another diminutive attacking midfielder-we have lots of small quick guys. Thats not to say this player wont tunr out-I am just wondering didnt we need a Striker, defensive mid, centre back and goalie?

    Do we have anything that even remotely resembles a plan when it comes to signing players?

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    • Theo has taken it upon himself to become an inside forward. Poldi is okay but drifts inside a lot. The only genuinely tricky winger we have is Gervinho and the less said about him the better.

      Also, we need a guy to take the weight of Cazorla’s shoulders, there is no guarantee he won’t get injured if he has another season like 12/13, not to mention that he was burning out towards the end. Rosicky and Wilshere, as great as they are, aren’t entirely reliable when it comes to fitness.

      I don’t dispute that we need a striker and defender(s?) but this is certainly not a retarded acquisition if it goes ahead.

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  47. I think this one is going to happen. Player isn’t denying. Arsene is keeping it quiet. He looks to be a keeper so glad to have him.

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  48. He’d be a good purchase. He plays very well almost every game! The only thing that worries me is that he is shorter than a oompa lumpa!

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