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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 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 31 2007

Time: 2:44PM

Your Comments

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
just a note to all the gunners in india - zee sports will be broadcasting tonights match ..
correct me if im wrong but is fabianski captaining the side today ! !!??
edouardo!!! what a start !
YEA!! Great start!!
HENRY' 14 is Gibbs playing LB?
***** i dont get zee sports...........i hav tata sky and then dont hav that channel...seriously this is crap.i so badly wanna watch
yeah its gibbs at lb....
Henry 14 are u watching on local cable?
karley if u got broadband try watchin it on sopcast..
no i got the indigital setbox thing...
my broadband is crap only 128 kbps so not even wortha shot..........listen it seems tenssports are holding an sms poll to decide wat game to telecast.........i say we alert all the gooners we know so that we can send in atleast one sms each and we can geta type up with pool or chelsski fans.......go to and chk it out
i know about this poll and have tried to get as many gooners i know to vote....
great....cuz i think we r goona hav comp from the manyoo fans
u gota msg UCL p to 53636 ...i thnk the only competition will be from manu worse case well finish atleast 2nd.....
which means that the game will be on zee sports ....
Thanks Henry 14. It looked like it. Hes played pretty well there considering that hes a midfielder. Halftime 1-0. We have played pretty well. Could have scored more. As I expected Sheffield is just like they were last year extremely physical. But the ref has done well.
but what happnd to traore ?.....yeah we have played pretty well ...i thnk we will score a couple more in the second half...
Hes on international duty for France Under 19s somewhere.
dudu makes it twotwo »»Arsene Knows««
why are we wearing all whites today???
Spartan Gooner
brilliant attempt by walcott !! off the post !!!......
Denny!!!!!!!!!!! »»Arsene Knows««
denilson is AMAZING !
Leicester beating chelski 3-2 at the bodge!?! »»Arsene Knows««
Lansbury coming on now... »»Arsene Knows««
what is the final score?
Youngest in Charge
chelsea equalized... :(
got it. Edurado going for a hatrick!
Youngest in Charge
3-0 final score..
no subbed. dame!
Youngest in Charge
how was denilson's goal Henry 14?
Youngest in Charge
hey does anyone know how torrents work im trying to watch a full game
in all honesty it wasnt as good as i first thought it was......there was a slight deflection of a defender...
chelski rescued by sheva brace
back to gilberto, he is cup-tied in the champioins league so i don't think he'll go anywhere. At his age, it's either brazil, or teams who can't usually attract a player of his quality. He might just stay and take his chances. Has lehmann played in the cl for us this season? He wasn't named on the bench last week, and we know there's a problem with him!
I dont think Wenger will get rid of Gilberto yet. The season is still young, and we will need his experience in December-February, when we play a lot of crucial matches. He looked so comfortable against Liverpool, and against Sheffield too. He is a model professional, and its only the media ***** stirring, thats seeing such reports.
I agree, Gilberto is a class act - as a person and a player. He's such as fighter and a winner. He has that humility that Wenger talks about and, even though Flamini has done great, I really hope Gilberto comes back strongly for us this season and contributes to us winning something.
As a wednesday fan, i really enjoyed that, thought it was a training session for you and the pigs got a lesson in football. Thank you for making my night!
will it ever happen
let's face it, Arsene always knows and although i personally would be sad to see Gilberto leave it wouldn't surprise me if he did, Wenger has a track record of allowing "older" players to leave before their value plummets hugely. obvious examples are Petit, Overmars, Vieira, Freddie and of course monseur Henry. That being said i feel Gilberto can walk away from arsenal a proud man, and i'd like to thank him him for several years of devoted service
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