Lyon left winger, Florent Malouda could become the second signing of the season for Arsenal. It appears Liverpool's bid has been rejected and Malouda has been approached by Arsenal and a rival bid offered. Chelsea's Didier Drogba would also love to see him in a Blues uniform.
Malouda is the type of player that Arsenal needs. Good speed, excellent in the air, physically strong, and scores goals at a regular clip. 10 goals in 27 matches for Lyon and the PFA in the French Ligue this season. Malouda was one of France's World Cup stars.
With Arsenal ending their bid for Ryan Babel and Franck Ribery moving to Bayern, the shortlist of available players grew shorter.
Meanwhile, the never ending saga of Thierry Henry leaving Arsenal is being fueled by an interview where he says he was devastated by the departure of David Dein. Henry is being courted by Barcelona and now Milan. The players who want Henry as a team mate is now a veritable chorus. Samuel Eto'o, Patrick Vieira, Ludovic Giuly, and now Robert Pires. That's some august company compared to the likes of Aleksandr Hleb and Gael Clichy. I can see Henry drooling with this courtship talk and his being unsettled by David Dein's departure is just meretricious piffle. Dein is a backstabber and a con artist who wanted someone else's money to take control of Arsenal. Henry knows this and it is time for him to stop using Dein as a pretext and leave Arsenal if he really wants to play with the biggest names.
My two bits. Henry stays and this is all an ego boosting exercise.