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Gilberto Silva Speaks

Gilberto Silva Speaks

Gilberto Silva has done an exclusive guest interview at

The Arsenal player has spoken about the departure of Thierry Henry, how important Arsene Wenger is and why he'd like to be a Gunner for life.

He says the three week break was important for him following last season and the intensity of the Copa America'.

On the new arrival Eduardo he says: 'Eduardo spent a long time unknown to a lot of Brazilians because he plied his trade in Croatia. I have not had had any significant chances to see him playing, but Eduardo would not have been signed by Arsenal if the manager and the club didn't think he was up to the job. Having said that, I find it a bit dangerous when people state that Eduardo has come to fill Henry's shoes - it is important that people give him time do adapt to the Premiership instead of drawing comparisons.'

And on the departures of both Henry and Ljungberg, 'I think that a strong group has been what kept us going in the last few years. As much as Henry and Ljungberg are great players and will be missed, we have to go on and not keep thinking of the past. We made that mistake for a while after Patrick Vieira left in 2005, but I reckon the players have learned that the show has to go on.'

Although he declined to say whether he thought it was the right time to let Henry go... don't blame him either, the fines for talking out of place are pretty high!

He also addresses Freddie's parting shot saying Arsenal lack ambition cutting the idea short with a simple 'There is no lack of ambition at this club, that's for sure.'

And on some suggestions that Spurs will finish above Arsenal he says: 'Let's wait until the end of the season and then talk about it. I have the feeling it's a bit too early to make such an ambitious prediction. They have signed a lot of players and certainly have improved in the last few seasons, but there is a long season ahead all of us.'

For the full interview including his opinion on Arsene Wenger and Arsenal's aims this season, Click here

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday August 22 2007
Time: 5:27PM


hope he comes back soon.....he can welcome our new south american Wilson Palacios,thats if he def. looks like we will be getting him,he is here already and has taken a medical, so time will tell
fran merida
22/08/2007 18:14:00
just read the whole thing and the man is PURE CLASS. I hope he ends his career at Arsenal.
22/08/2007 18:16:00
Dennis Bergkamp was the only player who ended his career nicely at Arsenal these few years... It's ManU, I know, but sometimes I do see class in how they keep their golden oldies like Giggs, Scholes and Solskjaer albeit a sub. Why can't we have someone respected and loved by all fans retire as Old Guns? If Gilberto will be the one after Dennis, it'd be really special. Even if Jens retires at Arsenal next year, that'd swing it for me. :D
22/08/2007 18:31:00
Maybe it was just my sour grapes talking above. Come to think of it, a lot of our players do seem to truly love the club. Some of them, like RvP and Clichy, express their attachment to the club a bit more these days. Our new signings, Sagna and Eduardo, judging from how their keen responses in individual interviews, seem to be really happy that it's Arsenal they've signed for. Plus the usual great servants of the club in Kolo and Gilberto. Considering we don't spend big money on players' transfers and wages, I'd say we have more true loyalty and team spirit than a lot of other clubs.
22/08/2007 18:37:00
An excellent player and an excellent example of how a professional footballer should conduct themself. Well done Gilberto, you're a credit to your profession and our club. Totally agree with you G4L. Pure Class!
22/08/2007 19:57:00
Hu is wilson u mean rodrigo paacio fran? sorry if this sounds stupid
22/08/2007 20:06:00
0,4521......guys check this if eva we where to sign nebody how i wish it was him......neway...lets go and post this in vital chelski nad vital spurs shall we?
22/08/2007 20:17:00
I like players like this, gives the stability when the players have actual love for the club wanting to succeed for the sake of the club not their own. Oh and on spurs they compete for top 4 we compete for the title same with chelsea, liverpool and manu. Spurs need to start competing for the premiership before the finish top four.
22/08/2007 20:45:00
Gilberto you are a credit to our football club and seem to be great human being. Does everyone remember the days when he wasn't appreciated by the fans that much? With Gallas out, who will be captain out of our two vice-captains when Gilberto returns?
22/08/2007 22:55:00
Sorry G4L, he'll finish his career in Brazil! Where hs is truly appreciated...
22/08/2007 23:15:00
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