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Midfielder Will Probably Move On

It appears as though the inevitable will happen come the end of the season.

Former Arsenal invisible wall Gilberto Silva has finally spoken out about his heart ache of sitting on the sidelines for most of the season and admits he will look for another club should the situation not change.

Bert has struggled to win a first team place this season after returning late from international duty to find Matthieu Flamini in fine form, and with the Brazilian being no spring chicken, the central midfielder says it could be time to move on.

'At the moment I cannot see any future for me at the club,' he told The Guardian. 'I will see what will happen in the next few months and until the end (of the season), if I will get the chance to come back in the team. If not, I will see what I am going to do at the end.

'It's been painful for me and to stay another season like this would kill me. I will sit down with Arsene and see what we can do to manage the situation. I am not happy in the position I am in but I am trying to manage the situation.'

I don't think anyone would begrudge Bert a move, and his attitude whilst 'riding the pine' has been nothing more than commendable.

Gilberto is one of the few remaining invincibles, and will always be a special part of our club.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 6 2008

Time: 2:00PM

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Still love you Gilbs but there is always a time to move on. Do a Pires will ya :D Rather than a Jeffers...
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06/02/2008 14:24:00

He'll be 32 shortly into next season. Of his type he is still a good player and maybe in the Italian or Spanish leagues he would still have enough value at a good club to get a fee for the year remaining on his contract. The decent thing for us to do would be to let him find somewhere he can play regularly if that is what he wants. One of the invincibles certainly but he also did a lot for the team in the last two or three seasons when we were finding it hard to compete as well as we would have wished. The current balance of our midfield requires a player able to inject tempo and industry into our game. Gilbertos skills are still there for those who appreciate them but they no longer match our needs, and those of the players around him, as much as they once did. Full respect is due to him though as a professional and as nice a person as we could have playing for us.
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06/02/2008 14:32:00

Top player no doubt and a great servant. But I can't pretend to be sympathetic. Firstly, given Gilberto's brilliant form last season and I'm ecstatic for Arsenal that someone has come in and eclipsed it, great for the team. Secondly, Gilberto represented his country knowing he would have to miss the start of our season. The moral is, all Arsenal players should retire from interbational football!
Little Dutch
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06/02/2008 14:33:00

Lol LD!!! I feel sorry for him on a personal level, however we've gotta play the player who's playing the best, Flamini has been great....Bert has not!
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06/02/2008 14:36:00

Gilberto is an outstanding professional. I always liked the chap, due to his performances and his interviews. Came across as a calm, mature individual. He certainly helped the club through a rough trophyless patch, and the kids looked upto him in that period. We may not be performing so well this season, if not for that. All credit and gratitude to him. Nobody will begrudge his intention to leave. He has waited for the January transfer window to close before making these statements, thereby ensuring that the club would not have been destabilised by rumours during Jan. Top man.
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06/02/2008 14:58:00

sad to hear, but i think we all knew it was coming. The only slightly surprising thing was that might have been that it didnt happen in the Jan transfer window.
»»Arsene Knows««
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06/02/2008 15:09:00

It was definitely in the pipeline. He is a true professional, and even when speaking of his unhappiness, chooses his words carefully and is not critical. HE will be missed, however much i like him, i do agree that it is time for him to move on, as i cannot envisage anything more than a stand in role for him. A true professional like him deserves better. Thanks for all the good times Bert!
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06/02/2008 15:35:00

A model pro on and off the pitch, Gilberto's contribution has been excellent. There's no more we could have asked from him. As Amos said, there will be continental clubs that he can fit into to play his twilight years away. I got to meet him briefly last year, and he is as he appears - truly oozing in class.
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06/02/2008 17:11:00

Hats off to our Invincible 2003-04, World Cup 2002, Copa America 2007, Premiership 2003-04 and FA Cup 2003 & 2005-winning Midfielder cum Outstanding Stand-in Captain 2006-07. I thought it'd be ideal if he'd retire at the Arsenal one day. But if he wants first-team football, fair play and good luck to him. Top player, great man, model pro.
Lou the Gunneress
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06/02/2008 18:29:00

Fantastic servant to you lot and is a example to all young footballers.
Real Deal
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06/02/2008 20:14:00

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06/02/2008 23:12:00

He wasn't bad tonight against the irish.Almost spit in Keane's face, that alone deserves a 7.
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06/02/2008 23:53:00

Wow k, really! I watched boring England and Spain-France at the same time online, so didn't see that one. Must look for youtube clips later! I'm sure all Gooners would love it.
Lou the Gunneress
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07/02/2008 00:32:00

love what i am missing somethin someone please tell me.
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07/02/2008 01:18:00

absolute legend. i met him once in selfridges and a nicer man you could not wish to meet, happy to pose for photo's and stop and have a chat. however, its no secret that he will prob head off for pastures new in the summer, and i for one would like to wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. thanks for the good times bert...... god bless
arsenal nutter
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07/02/2008 08:45:00

Best of luck if he really leaves but I'll really miss his No.19 shirt, he has made it legendary amongst all Arsenal fans in the last 6 years.
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07/02/2008 10:22:00

He's a true professional but it's time for him to go. He's played poorly in most of his appearances this season.
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07/02/2008 11:31:00

Was a great servant for the club & I don't think anyone can say a bad word about him. He didn't get the respect he deserved for a good couple of seasons & even then it was only due to injuries that people noticed his contribution, however he did put Brazil above Arsenal for a fairly meaningless tournament. If players like Kaka & Ronaldinho insisted on being left out the squad then Gilberto should have followed suit. If he was young & could cope with a full year of football thats a different matter, but at his age in football terms he needs the summers rest!!
Ashburton Gooner
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07/02/2008 13:29:00

How's it meaningless? We stuffed Argentina, and won the tournament back-to-back...on Argentina. Kaka & Ronaldinho are now known as club players.
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07/02/2008 14:08:00


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