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Arsenal Transfer: The Gunners Reportedly Sign Nuri Sahin from Real Madrid

SEVILLE, SPAIN - DECEMBER 15:  Nuri Sahin of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior the UEFA Europa League group J match between Sevilla and Borussia Dortmund at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on December 15, 2010 in Seville, Spain. The match ended 2-2.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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H AndelAnalyst IIIAugust 21, 2012

The Daily Mail reports that Arsenal have completed the signing of Nuri Sahin.

The reports states that Arsenal and Real Madrid have found a compromise after haggling over a clause that would allow Arsenal the option of signing Sahin permanently at the end of his loan, should the club so desire.

Sami Mokbel, who filed the report for the Daily Mail, states:

"Arsenal’s move for Nuri Sahin has gone through after stalling over a £14m buy-out clause if they decide to make his loan deal permanent next summer."

On reading the report, I went to The Telegraph, a reliable source on Arsenal transfers, but the news is yet to be reported there. So here's my reaction.

First, although the Daily Mail is prone to sensationalism and sometimes to arrant rumor-mongering,—sometimes it files reports under a generic Sportsmail Reporter—a big percentage of its rumors do come to pass.

So this could be a reliable report, especially since the reporter has given his name. Although, I should say that, if you click his name, you don't get any information about him, and this slashes his reliability, since we don't know who he really is.

Second, the veracity of the news will become plain in the next few hours. I am only relaying this right now because, as readers who follow my writing know, I am a huge admirer of this player, and I earnestly hope that this is true.

Third, if this is true, then it is as I and I suppose other Gooners too, have expected: Arsenal have acted decisively yet again by reacting positively to Alex Song's departure. This should restore confidence in the squad and  a positive atmosphere among the fans.

Fourth, if true, it means that the possibility of being shorthanded in defensive midfield, in the event of an Abou Diaby injury (or a Mikel Arteta injury, for that matter), is forestalled.

I am really excited about this. But let's keep our fingers crossed until the news is confirmed.

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