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Arsene: No Problem with Gilberto

Arsene: No Problem with Gilberto

After yesterday's newspaper reports suggesting that Gilberto had refused to play at centre half against Sheff United, and as a consequence, was 'on his way out' at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger has moved to allay the fears and concerns that there could be a rift between he and Gilberto, saying:

"I deny that categorically, and I find this assessment disrespectful to a great professional like Gilberto.

"He is 100 per cent professional and is in the squad for tomorrow. He will play.

"I believe that as a manager and as a player you always have one thing in your mind and that is what is good for the club and the team. I cannot fault Gilberto on that since he arrived here.

"Recently he has played less, but his mentality has been superb. It is important to win every single competition and in this one I use younger players because traditionally it has always been like that. It has helped us a lot to develop the players."


I have to say, when i read those headlines, I was a bit disturbed by it all, and I am concerned as to what the future holds for Gibber, a (now) hugely respected member of the squad.

Matty Flamini's put in some great performances lately, in fact since the start of the season, and deserves his run in the team, and I know that you can't keep everyone happy, all of the time. But the though of Gibber exiting the club in January leaves me feeling a bit saddened.

A thoroughly nice guy (so it would seem), mild-mannered, who does his job without fuss. And does it well. A different sort of player to the Flamster, who is more aggressive, nonetheless it is surely too premature to ditch a player who, last time out, was surely our player of the season, and in the absence of TH14, took over the captaincy and nurtured a young team to 4th place, weighing in with crucial goals along the way.

One day, it will be time for Gilberto to move on, as the young guys coming up behind him will overtake him and he will be without much playing time. However, i do not think it is, and hope it is not, that time just yet. Gibber is not exactly over the hill, and surely has much to offer the club.

Arsene, of course, knows best. Much much better than I. I just hope that if Arsenal's and Gilberto's paths are to take different routes soon, that it is not under circumstances that would be a rather sad goodbye to a very loyal servant to the club.



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Writer:Wingston
Date:Wednesday October 31 2007
Time: 2:44PM

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Gilbertos contract runs until the end of next season I think. If he wants to see it out he will do I am sure. I hope he does but maybe he will have to do so knowing that he is no longer first choice though still a valuable member of the squad.
Amos.
31/10/2007 15:06:00
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big dilemma for us. we do not want to see him leave, and also dun want to see the youngsters like flamini, diaby, denilson wait forever.
fcdematthew
31/10/2007 15:15:00
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why do we always have issues with senior players unlike man utd.. I want to hear it from bert himself b4 i make any conclusons though, it is only fair for the man.
korodon
31/10/2007 15:24:00
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We just seem to have too many midfielders at the moment, none of which will be content to be just squad players. Whatever happens in January, it's going to be unlikely that Bert will be here next season - his agent will probably try to get him a decent contract elsewhere and he would do a great job for any club.
Gooner_Vin
31/10/2007 15:26:00
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I believe he has left his mark on Arsenal. Maybe it's time for someone else to pick up the "wall mantle" ? It would be good for him to return to his country, play in a good brazzie team, and retire.
k_chelski
31/10/2007 16:03:00
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Bert's still got a good few years left in him, but Arsene will only offer him 1-year deals after his current contract expires, and as Vin says he might look elsewhere for a better deal. There are plenty of games in 4 competitions (touch wood, hope i haven't jinxed the boys tonight), so we'll need all the midfielders we have; in all likelihood there will be injuries before year's end.
JakeB
31/10/2007 16:52:00
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i obvioulsy hope and pray, but do not believe that Flamini can maintain this form all season/beyond a season, which is why it is so vital for gilberto to stay. totally agree with the point about how much influence and guidance he provided last season, which make sit even more important for him to remain and help flamini, and in my opinion, diarra to take over in the long term.
bean
31/10/2007 17:45:00
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flamini will not maintain this form all season, and at some point Gilberto's experience will be called upon. Gilberto is still a decent squad player
49ers
31/10/2007 18:22:00
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time and again, gibber has said he's happy at arsenal and he respects arsene's decision to play flamster ahead of him.. gibber will stay n there's no need to worry abt this issue.
McGooner
31/10/2007 18:44:00
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just a note to all the gunners in india - zee sports will be broadcasting tonights match ..
HENRY`14
31/10/2007 19:23:00
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