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Gilberto Fancies Old Lady

If the comments accredited to Gilberto are indeed true, then this summer could see the invisible wall depart for Turin.

The mild-mannered Brazilian has found himself on the sidelines after Mathieu Flamini stole his place when Gilberto was rested after competing in the Copa America in the summer. Bert has found it increasingly difficult to get some playing time since then, and with his contract up in the summer, he says if Juventus come a knocking, then he might just be tempted.

"I would willingly go to Turin," Gilberto told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Juve are a prestigious club and they have already overcome their problems following their demotion to Serie B.

However showing the total professional that he is, Bert suggests he would show complete respect for the Gunners and only leave on good terms.

"I would adapt myself well to the Italian league, however Juve should know that I have no intention of starting a war with Arsenal."

I don't think any true Gooner would begrudge Gilberto a transfer if it was what his heart desires, he has been the model professional in his time at Arsenal, and is loved by everyone connected with Arsenal Football Club.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday November 23 2007

Time: 2:23PM

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Let him go he has served us well.
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23/11/2007 14:40:00

I dont believe this. Gilberto has been saying all along that he will stay and fight for his place and it will be upto Arsenal to sell him.
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23/11/2007 14:42:00

He's got our respect. I'd still prefer to keep him as a fringe player so he can help educate the youngsters. It's not like he'll play every match for Juve either...
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23/11/2007 14:44:00

When we sell him we will see the magnificent Diarra emerge as the Worlds best holding midfielder playing alongside Fabregas. We will see a preview of him this weekend. Hopefully he will play well enough to keep his place. After all, Flamini is playing ahead of him at Arsenal and Diarra is still in the France team. Class.
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23/11/2007 14:46:00

Flamini is out, funny for him to say it now... i mean its the time for him to stamp and win back his place... unless he has already given up?
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23/11/2007 14:51:00

We have no idea from the article what exactly he was asked that prompted him to say this, what the larger context is and what else he said. So maybe we shouldn't read too much into this
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23/11/2007 14:55:00

Flamini is only out for a week korodon.
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23/11/2007 14:55:00

He knows that he won't play this match because he is tired and by that time Flamini will be back and is much better for the team. never mind the likes od Diaby and Denilson coming up behind him.......
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23/11/2007 14:56:00

It's sad but i guess he's got to go. If he stays, the chances of Diaby and Diarra leaving will be greater. Both fantastic youngsters and they should serve us well. It will be sad to see him go but it will be best for everyone, Gilberto and Arsenal.
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23/11/2007 15:25:00

I think Diarra was bought with Gilberto's leaving in mind. This is Arsene after all. Always a step ahead.
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23/11/2007 15:40:00

gazetto dello sport? Nah, don't believe it. Next.
Little Dutch
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23/11/2007 16:00:00

I thought his cotract run out in '09? Might be wrong. I love this guy but I think it would be better for both parties if he left. Diaby/Denilson/Diarra would play more and we might get a few million for him, and Gilberto can start fresh and be a regular at Juve rather than warming the Emirates bench
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23/11/2007 16:09:00

I still expect Gilbo to play a fair few games yet this season.
Little Dutch
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23/11/2007 16:13:00

Fight for his place? Come on, he ain't stupid, countless young talented youngsters at arsenal ready to play 3 games a week. Gilberto is looking slower than usual, and not as good as before, playing for Brazil, it is starting to affect him. So why not go to Juventus, a weaker league, and he'll still play Champions league footy. Sounds good to everyone.
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23/11/2007 16:33:00

If he leaves Arsenal I will wish him nothing but the best of luck. A true professional in my honest opinion.
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23/11/2007 18:22:00

Keep him as a fringe player?! However much i would like to, this is the captain of Brazil we are talking about - show the man some respect! He has been a legend, if he feels he's got to go, we have to respect that and say thank you for all he has done. l could see it out until the summer. If anyone deserves a testimonial for quiet dedicated and professional service compared to some of the primadonnas pervading the game, its Bert. Good luck to him whatever he chooses.
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23/11/2007 18:51:00

He still has a massive part to play in this season if all goes to plan and we're still fighting on all fronts his experience and steadiness will prove invaluable next year as the games get bigger in the cups and nervier in the league, just cos he aint in the team at present does'nt mean he does'nt figure in Arsenes plans, having seen us shot down with nothing to play for so early last season, Wenger is all too aware of the importance of keeping players fresh esp. the senior heads that have lashings of big game previous.
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23/11/2007 18:52:00

I meant to say i hope he could see it out until the summer. But then i wasn't aware (still not sure) if his contract expires in the summer - if so, then we will get no transfer fee, so maybe it is for the best he goes now, however sad i will be to see him leave. The interests of the CLub come first.
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23/11/2007 18:55:00

I have to say that you can tell he doesn't look happy, as you would expect. I wonder if Flamini's injury is going to cost him, cos Diarra has looked really fresh and up for it and could really shine tomorrow. Bit concerned about our creativity without Cesc and Hleb - they are our biggest players now it would seem going forward.
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23/11/2007 19:20:00

I honestly think these quotes are real. I feel for the big man, but he has acted admirably. If he doesmove away I'll always be looking out for how he's doing.
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23/11/2007 20:30:00

IF these comments are genuine (and i have to disagree with you mister mustchin, i am sceptical that they are), it will be a shame if he is to go, but I wil be completely understand Gibber's need to move to pastures new to find first team action on a regular basis. He has been nothign short of an utter gentleman while he has been at Arsenal, and I'm sure his name has been put out of joint by being displaced in the first team, but he has kept his grievances in-house, not gon ebleating to the papers. I for one will wish him well and, like tose staing likewise aove, will keep a fond eye out for Gilberto's fortunes if he should move to Serie A, unless he comes into conflict with Arsenal in europe...
»»Arsene Knows««
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23/11/2007 21:05:00

same her Rocky.. I cant think of a better professional and more genuine, nice guy in the history of football. He'll always be an arsenal player to me. if he goes i will be upset, as it is a privellige for him to be at arsenal, but i shall simply wish him the best. Well done Bert.
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23/11/2007 21:06:00

good headline by the way, Rockster!
»»Arsene Knows««
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23/11/2007 22:30:00

For one thing, I don't believe the Italian press. But it's a quote attributed to him, so I'm worried. I'd really really love to see him retire at Arsenal like Dennis Bergkamp did. He deserves a testimonial or guard of honour or whatever we do to show our special thanks to him. If he'd choose to stay and either fight for his place or, like DB10 did at the end of his career, just contribute to some key games with his great experience, hats off to him. If he wants to keep playing at the highest level, I guess we have no choice but to sell him. And that does sound like what Arsene's ready to do, to be honest, especially when Diarra's coming up as his long-term replacement.
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23/11/2007 23:06:00

NNNOOOOO!!! Why do you say that, kev? You know I want Gilberto to retire at Arsenal. We need his experience and his size on the pitch for those team who like to hoof the ball. The likes of Diarra and Flamini can gain experience as years go by, but I wish they have Gilberto's height.
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24/11/2007 00:09:00

I hope he stays it would be great to one of our players actually retire here at Arsenal.
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24/11/2007 00:17:00

I want him to retire at Arsenal, it'll be the only fitting end of his playing career to retire at the first and only European club he served, it'll even be better if the team could win some silverware to go along with it, unlike Bergkamp's farewell.
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24/11/2007 09:24:00

BMF, I know you all love him. But the fact is, it's starting to affect him, and it's starting to affect his football. Against uruguay he wasn't as reliable, made some mistakes, and wasn't as fast, that's not the Gilberto I know. Arsenal is full of talented midgets ready to play, I don't think you'll miss Gilberto all that much,
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24/11/2007 11:00:00

That's cool, kev. I thought you would be one of those blues fans who will hate Diarra since he jumped ship.
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24/11/2007 11:37:00

Cheers Wingers.....apparently Setanta thought it was a good headline too. Thieving barstewards.
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24/11/2007 12:48:00


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