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Arsenal announce two player deals, one in the making, a day before transfer deadline

With one day left before the January transfer window closes, Arsenal today announced two signings and another potential deal in the making.

Don’t get too excited though, as one signing is Abou Diaby, who has extended his contract until 2012, another is 15-year-old striker Luke Freeman and the forecasted deal is for Mathieu Flamini to re-sign for the Gunners.

So with in excess of £70 million to spend, Arsene Wenger has shelled out an estimated £200,000 on a teenager from Gillingham. I can’t say that I’ve seen Freeman play, but at that price, even I can see that he’s worth taking a risk on.

Le Gaffer is more bullish about the schoolboy’s future with the Gunners. "He is left-footed with a good eye for the goal. He is brave and has a good, positive personality,” says Wenger...

"He is only 15-years-old of course so we need to be patient but he's a very interesting prospect. He is another one for the future."

Freeman made history last in November when he became Gillingham’s youngest-ever player, aged 15 years 233 days, during an FA Cup tie against Barnet. He made a further two first team appearances for the Gills before Wenger decided to dust off his cheque book.

Diaby's new deal will tie him to the club for the next four years, while negotiations with Mathieu Flamini are continuing, with the midfielder vowing that it is "his priority" to remain at the Gunners.

The Flamster's current deal expires this summer, but given the improvement in his performances this season that have seen him take a starring role in the Arsenal midfield, there can't be many Gooners who would object to Le Boss offering him an improved deal.

"I'm very happy here," Flamini told the official Arsenal website. "My representatives are talking with the Club and I hope everything will be good. I want to play game after game. The rest, we will see later."

Talking of his winning relationship with Cesc Fabregas, Flamini said, "We are very close on and off the pitch. I'm bit more defensive than him. He goes forward more so I cover Cesc, Alex and Tomas in the midfield. I'm trying to be the insurance policy and be a little bit bossy. That's my role. But I'm also trying to help the players up front and help Cesc as well because he is going forward."

If his Arsenal career can see Flamini hitting a few more goals like the one that grabbed the headlines last night, then let's hope that he follows Diaby in extending his time in London for the forseeable future.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on January 30, 2008 3:04 PM in News| Players| Transfers
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