Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Bischoff:"I will start in the Arsenal reserves”
By 1970’s Gooner
This is indeed a typical Arsene Wenger signing. Bischoff is only 21, has never played a single Bundesliga game in the Werden Bremen first team since his three years there and therefore no one has really ever heard of him.
His only professional deployment was against Celta Vigo in the Uefa Cup quarter-final 2006/07.
Yet Wenger will scoop up the player for next to nothing and hopefully turn him into a decent if not world class player in a few years. Sounds a lot like a “Flamini” type of signing to me.
Wenger has certainly convinced the player that he is really valued which is half the battle won in trying to get him to aim at the highest excellence level possible.
"He trusts me and believes in my qualities" Bischoff said and that was enough to make him reject a new deal and contract proposed by his club.
“Werder would like Bischoff to stay and we would be happy with him. But he has decided to set up a new challenge. Against Arsenal, Werder had no chance” said Werden’s Chief Executive, Klaus-Dieter Fischer.
Bischoff whose father is French and his mother from Portugal has already played for the U18s for France. He was also in the Portugal squad for the U-20s!
"Some details still need to be clarified," said Bischoff. "Above all we are waiting for the return of Arsène Wenger.
"I am hopeful that I will sign in the next few days. Arsenal is a step up in comparison to Werder. "I think I will first play in the reserves in order to be fit. Then it's up to me, to gain my place in the Premier League team"
Current position: midfield
current Club: Werder Bremen (2005-08)
former clubs: Racing Strasbourg (2004/05), SR Colmar (to 04)
Size (cm): 176
Weight (kg): 65