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Golden Flam Too Good for Silva Bert

Gilberto Silva has been a very good player for this club, last season in particular, where he led the team through a difficult campaign and was perhaps harshly pipped to the Player of the Season Award by the brilliant Cesc Fabregas. But 2007/08 has been a very different experience for the World Cup Winner.

After captaining his nation to victory in the Copa America, Gilberto returned to the squad suffering from jetlag and fatigue, so Wenger put his faith in Mathieu Flamini to partner Fabregas in the middle of the park. The Frenchman looked far from impressive in most people's eyes before he was called upon by the Boss. In fact 'Flams' was close to leaving the club due to limited opportunities, but a chat with the genius himself convinced Matty to stay put.

And boy had it paid off. Flamini's performances this season have been nothing short of brilliant. His never-say-die attitude and sheer presence in the middle, while still being able to add something to the attack, has given Arsenal something they had been missing since Patrick Vieira left the club. He and Fabregas have formed a mesmerising partnership, worthy of rivalling the great Petit - Vieira combo of 97/98.

You know what they say, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it', and that's what has left Gilberto in a spot of bother. He can't and probably won't win his place back off the revelation that is Mathieu Flamini, who has turned the once-regular into a benchwarmer. It would be cruel to leave Bert struggling for games after what he has given us, so why not cash in on him, and let him play regularly again for a perhaps less ambitious club? Don't forget we've also got the exciting prospects of Diarra, Diaby and Denilson to nurture as well as the ever-improving Alex Song (although he may be converted to a CB). He has been a great player for Arsenal but it is time to move on, and although he is too loyal to admit it, Bert would probably be more than happy with a move away from The Emirates.




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Writer: super_gooner Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 21 2007

Time: 12:37PM

Your Comments

Think Bert will go at the end of the season, Arsene won't want to lose his experience and his ability to play CB. Longer-term I can't see us keeping all of Diaby, Denilson, Flamini and Diarra and one or two of these will leave. I'd like to see Diarra tried out with Fabregas to see how they would combine. But yes Flamster's workrate and performances have been top-notch - and don't underestimate just how much of a team player he is, you can tell with the way he celebrates our goals. Not sure if Diarra has that team ethos - just yet.
Gooner_Vin
I'd like to see Lassy D come in for a few of the less demanding premiership games, to keep him happy. It is a problem though. A good problem i suppose. Everyone of these midfielders are of immense quality. i think, although he is still one of my favourite players, bert has to go. but at the end of the season. tis a shame, hes a great guy and a great player too.
ArsenalRob
hope we can get 5 million from the sale of Bert, although 3 million is more realistic
fcdematthew
before Bert leaves, let's hope that Flamini has signed a new deal with us.
fcdematthew
Diarra is better
EBOUE4LIFE
I think Diarra has been brought into Arsenal because wenger maybe fore saw problems with Flamini's contract round the corner and had the opportunity to buy, cheaply a player who could step straight into Flamini's shoes!?
LondonGooner
No he is not EBOUE4LIFE otherwise he would be playing.
AB_Arsenal
AB Arsene has his favourites and he likes flamini more than diarra despite the fact diarra is better.
EBOUE4LIFE
Diarra has been impressive, but he hasn't played nearly enough games for that conclusion. Flamini fits better into the team at the moment and that is all that matters. To say Flamini is a Wenger favourite completely ignores the fact that he has spent the last two years on the bench!
Little Dutch
Diarra is good don't get me wrong but he is not as good as Flamini at the moment. He losses the ball too much and he isn't as part of the team as much as Flamini is so he does not necessarily have the same effect that Flamini has. As LD said Wenger does not have any favorites, look at Lehamnn and Gilberto both were starters last season now they are on the bench. Wenger plays the players that most deserve to be on the filed, at the moment that is Flamini not Diarra.
AB_Arsenal
fcdematthew- Does 3o or 5million pounds matter?? We can keep him some more time and ensure that Diaby, Diarra, Flamini and Denilson recieve the proper education from an established, world-class professional. I don't think 5 million will be worth a lot simply because Arsenal earn that much amout of money in a match. The experience and the lessons the kids might recieve is worth so much more. Dont forget we're not too sure if Flamini will stay or leave
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
WouldYouBelieveIt, i think keeping Bert on the bench is a big waste of time (not much time left for Bert's career). he has won World Cup and COPA, what did he do to deserve this? just becoz he arrived late from that COPA commitment? he deserves honor. i hope he gets it.
fcdematthew
if 3 or 5 million is not much, why would Arsenal sign a contract with Emirates 1 million a year for the naming of the stadium? isn't it a prouder thing to have our own stadium called Arsenal Stadium instead of Emirates Stadium? for the next 8.5 years, it will be called Emirates Stadium.
fcdematthew
I agree Gilberto does not deserve to be sitting on the bench as he didn't do anything wrong, just arrived late. But the situation is that we're not sure Flamini will sign a contract or not. Until his situation gets sorted out, I believe we should keep Bert.
WouldYouBelieveIt?!
I say let's cash on him. We can get through the second part of the season without him especially IF new signings will be made in January.
CoastarianGooner
Diarra fits in the French squad ahead of Flam so you can see why he is frustrated. Gilbo needs to stay for now i dont think we can afford to lose ALL the boys from the old school over half a season.
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