Football FanCast columnist Billy Pearson, won’t be sad to see the back of Mikael Silvestre.
With Mikael Silvestre’s contract coming to an end and Arsene Wenger expressing a concern that the lack of first team matches may see him decline any new offer at the Emirates, I ask the question as to whether any of us will be overly bothered to see him leave. I accept that Wenger likes the experience he brings to the dressing room, but other than that I am racking my brains to think what else he provides.
Wenger said: “I have a meeting with Silvestre in March; we have a common agreement to meet then and see where we go from there.
“It’s linked with the number of games he gets before then. He is a remarkable influence in the squad, but he must be happy.
“Thomas Vermaelen is in front of him. Will he be happy if he does not get the games? I am not sure.”
I have been extremely disappointed in Silvestre’s impact at the Emirates and whilst I was initially happy to see his arrival, those who doubted quite rightly pointed out that if he was still on the top of his game then why the hell would United sell him on. Unfortunately the combination of injuries and his failing to seize the opportunities he was given meant that Wenger had little option but to move for Thomas Vermaelen in order to bolster the defence in the summer and provide some left sided balance to the back line. This season Silvestre hasn’t taken the chances he has been given, therefore once again he remains a peripheral figure around the club.
So what should Arsenal do with Mikael Silvestre and should the club go all out to keep him at the Emirates? Having players that are a positive influence off the pitch is extremely important for morale, but surely finding those that can play on it are just as significant. I personally won’t be sad to see him leave and I am sure that I am not the only one.