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What started out as a quiet week for Arsenal turned into a surreal one with the signing of Mikael Silvestre, but after some monumentally dull internationals it is now back to the real stuff. And this weekend, we travel to Fulham, a side that traditionally cause us no problems, but of late have threatened to ruin that record.

Two years ago we lost at Craven Cottage, and the opening day of last season required late goals to avoid another defeat. A simple win would be fantastic, but quite frankly any win is good while we’re still so short in midfield.

Speaking of the midfield, Cesc may return against Twente next week, but if there’s any risk, he surely won’t play as the tie is all but wrapped up. Wenger is still suggesting he will sign one more player, and if that signing isn’t a central midfielder we might worry. Still, Alex Song’s back from the Olympics.

On his way out of the club, on loan at least, is Armand Traore, who should gain valuable playing time down at Portsmouth. Elsewhere, Milan and Newcastle are supposedly interested in Senderos, but this story seems to be a media concoction – they’ve figured out Big Phil has slipped down the pecking order this week.

Finally, best wishes to Liam Brady, a legend who was rushed to hospital, but is thankfully now stable. Fingers crossed he’ll be fine.

And that’s about it for today – it is good to have the real football back. More at the weekend.

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