Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday September 7 2007
Rumours regarding Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva's future have been hovering around The Emirates like a bad smell for some time now.
It's true that he was one of, if not the best player at Arsenal last season, putting in a string of brave display's for The Arsenal, scoring 11 goals along the way.
That would seemingly make him an invaluable player to Arsene Wenger, but is £10Million too good to turn down for a player approaching the twilight of his career?
I'm not going to try and convince you wither way.
There's is no doubting that he is a fantastic player, probably one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe last season, so surely we shouldn't sell him?
Or should we?
as it stands we have; Fabregas, Diaby, Denilson, Gilberto, Diarra and Song who play in centre midfield. Rosicky and Hleb can both play there while Toure and Djourou can easily slot in there.
That's 6 players that are competing for 2 places, and another 4 players that can slot in there. Surely that's far too many?
As much as I don't want to see it happen, I think that Song will leave Arsenal in January or next summer. Not because he isn't good enough, but because the vast majority of Arsenal fans have climed on a rather large bandwagon and have decided that he isn't good enough to play for Arsenal before he's had a decent run in the team.
Diarra will be at Arsenal for a long time yet, of that there is no doubt.
So what will happen with Gilberto? I think he'll stay. Wenger knows that there is prescious little experience in the team as it is, and ditching a player that has won countless trophies, including the world cup, would cost the team dear in that sense.
But should he be allowed to leave if the reported £10Million offer comes in?
I have my opinion, which I wont share with you just yet.
Date:Friday September 7 2007
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