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Friar says Gilberto can go

Friar says Gilberto can go

Greek sources are confidently predicting that Gilberto Silva is close to joining Panathanaikos, currently managed by Henk ten Cate, for a fee reported to be between £1m and £2.5m.

Arsenal's acting Managing Director, Ken Friar is reported to have agreed conditions in principle with Nikos Pateras, Chairman of the Athens based club. Greek daily Sportday quotes Friar as saying "As far as I know the player and agent will travel to Athens to meet with the Panathinaikos people. If Gilberto reaches agreement then we will reach agreement with Panathinaikos."

The same source also reports Gilberto stating that "I have no problem to come to Greece if financially happy. We will get the proposal in my hands and then stop to think about it."

If there is a potential stumbling block it is that the player is looking for a 3 year deal while the Greek offer of €2.5m per year is for 2 years with the 3rd year conditional on him playing at least 50% of available games in the 2nd year.

Gilberto`s quiet dignity has won him many admirers at the club. His professionalism in accepting a much reduced role last season in marked contrast to that displayed by some other players.

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Date:Wednesday July 9 2008
Time: 4:32PM


I will miss him...
Lou the Gunneress
09/07/2008 16:48:00
If he is allowed to go it must be because Wenger has someone in mind to fill his place(and flamini's), and not just a shuffling of players. I.E Toure or Djourou as defensive midfielder. I heard a someone on another board claiming he worked as some sort of ground staff for Ajax and we have agreed a deal for huntelaar to be inveiled with Velos and Nasri on Friday. As much as this sounds like B.S it would be a nice dream. Alternativly with the press claiming Hleb is on the way to Barce, maybe Yaya is coming the opposite way. Back to Gilberto, it will be sad to see him go...leaving Kolo as the last of the invincibles.
09/07/2008 16:50:00
Me too - He has been a great professional and a good servant to the club!
09/07/2008 16:53:00
Sad to see the back of ol' Gily... for the reasons above! Whilst all other little s**ts around us were quick to throw their toys out of the pram for not getting what they wanted, Gilberto just went about his business & even added the old dig at any ex player who dared criticize the club! Even the yids have bought a player called Gilberto Silva... So he must have done something right, if our locals rivals try n' buy a name sake? ha ha If this news is to be believed (because we've all been duped, over the past few days)... THEN THANK YOU FOR THE YEARS GILBERTO! TRUE GOONER & A TRUE PROFESSIONAL!
09/07/2008 16:57:00
Oh come on, I'm starting to become more than a little concerned now. More players leaving, with Gilberto, it will make it 4 (if the rest are to be believed). I sincerely wanted him to stay as part of our squad and I will be sad to see him go ! I hope this news is not true.
09/07/2008 17:09:00
Gilberto's also the last World Cup winner left with us. I wish we'd see him retire at Arsenal. But if he wants to go for more first-team action, fair play and best wishes to him.
Lou the Gunneress
09/07/2008 17:14:00
Gilberto is still more than capable of playing starting 11 football ... but ... not at arsenal ... i believe it is only right that arsenal should let him move on now, he has been a great player for us and has shown every confidence and loyalty in the club,
09/07/2008 17:26:00
clockend, the Gilberto at Spurs is not named Gilberto Silva, just Gilberto. He's also got far less of the subtle touch that our Gilberto has. Adeus, Gil, querido! Obrigada pelo tudo que voce fez por Arsenal!
09/07/2008 17:28:00
I could actually understand that Jaelle. My portugese is better than i thought. "Goodbye Gil, thank you for everything you did for arsenal" right? Not sure what querido means
09/07/2008 17:51:00
and why is it obrigada rather than obrigado? I thought Obrigada was for females....
09/07/2008 17:52:00
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