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Should Arsenal Cash In On Gilberto?

Should Arsenal Cash In On Gilberto?

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.

Thoughts? Opinions?

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Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday September 7 2007
Time: 11:21PM


Probably this summer. Sad to see him go, but it will be probably time for him and Arsene. Young Diarra will be there to fill his place.
08/09/2007 00:16:00
i really hope he doesn't go, hes one of our best player and another player with experience. id hate to see him go, even for £10mil.
08/09/2007 00:24:00
If you are going to sell your most loyal player (most likely are) at least have the decency to tell him(by telling him it means actually telling him, not waiting for him to find out on the internet).
08/09/2007 00:56:00
Come on, he's the DB10 of the midfield. Dennis was also in the twighlight, but still shone brightly. I think AW lets them go if they are great, but get a bit edgy to go. TH14 good example, and Vierra. Gilberto is faithful, adds to the team instead of destabilizing it, and Arsenal thru and thru. 10 mill is nothing, keep the man!
08/09/2007 01:07:00
I don't see how we can sell him. He's a quality DCM and offers us genuine cover at CB. I like Diarra, i've seen him a few times and he looks real quality, but he's tiny. Skysports have him listed as 172cm, 9cm shorter than Gael Clicky! When deep free kicks come in Gilberto drops back and is vital in the air, we would lose this with Diarra. If we got a corner we migth as well let the oposition have a ggoal kick. Can we play a midfield of Hleb, Diarra, Fab and Rosicky? If they stood on each others shoulders they would probably struggle to match up to Peter Crouch. I thought it was a strange buy, especially after putting Gallas as Captain and basically saying we won't play regularly with a big CB. But at the end of the day Spurs could have got him and he'd be a lot more valuable to them so i was happy!!!
08/09/2007 01:11:00
No Arsenal should not cash in on one of our best and most loyal players, he's one of the most likeable players in the modern game, most rival fans admire Gilberto. More to the point, what does 'cash in' actually mean to Arsenal? It's not like we're going to spend that new money on a new player, this summer we have actually made a profit in sales and spent relatively little on new players, therefore 'cashing in' in the context of Wenger's transfer policy, has no benefit whatsoever, Wenger won't need to use that cash, or will be reluctant to use that cash anyway. So it will be a case of selling a quality player in return for money we don't need and won't use, it only makes sense to keep him.
Professor Calculus
08/09/2007 01:28:00
no no no and no. Why on earth would we, none of our mids are ready to play the DM role one of the hardest positions on the pitch and one where experience is ESSENTIAL. He is so loyal and deserves to stay for the long term, at least until 32-33 and he starts to show signs of poor form and Diarra/diaby/denilson step up and look as though they are ready to play that role consistnely well. We dont need to sell either, we are wealthy and dont need the money. 10 million for not just a player but a great guy, players like Gigi dont come about often and its a definitive NO from moi.
08/09/2007 02:07:00
he's contract ends in 2009, he can play across mid-field and in defence, 32 is nothing, why should we sell him when he is about to peak? defensive players peak around this age right? he's game does not require pace or physical strenght but rather good anticipation and timing, which will get better with age. sell him? 10mil? i say non.
08/09/2007 03:56:00
It would certainly explain why Arsene bought Diarra. But he's vital because we need experience and he's a leader on the field. Which club is rumoured to making the offer?
08/09/2007 04:02:00
and positioning. which diarra ceratinly do not have..yet
08/09/2007 04:31:00
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