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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 August 2006, 13:33 GMT 14:33 UK
Falkirk snap up Arsenal's Stokes
Falkirk head coach John Hughes
Falkirk head coach John Hughes has been seeking a striker
Falkirk have completed the signing of Arsenal youth striker Anthony Stokes until January.

The Scottish Premier League outfit say they fought off competition from Sunderland and Colchester United for the 18-year-old's signature.

Falkirk managing director George Craig said: "Anthony Stokes is one of the hottest properties to have graduated from the English Academy programme.

"He is extremely highly rated by his club and the Republic of Ireland."

Falkirk had failed in an attempt to sign Calum Elliot on loan.

Hearts preferred to send the Scotland Under-21 international to another Scottish Premier League outfit, Motherwell.

"It may have seemed a long time coming to sign a striker, but we always maintained that we would not make knee-jerk reactions or simply make a signing on the basis that a player in question had a profile," said Craig.

"We believe at Falkirk it is important that any player who joins the club has the qualities we look for to assist us to achieve our ambition."

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