Writer: Site Staff
Date:Wednesday August 22 2007
Gilberto Silva has done an exclusive guest interview at Icons.com
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
Used with permission from icons.com
Date:Wednesday August 22 2007
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