Thanks Gilberto For The Service, We Wish You Luck…

He will be missed, no doubt, but I think we'll all agree that it's time for him to move on... He's 32 now and Arsene favours the younger generation, lower salary, greater enthusiasm... I can't think of a bad word to say about Gilberto. He's been a great player for us, a quiet player and a player who has earned the respect of the fans. In a day and age where money speaks and loyalty is no more, Gilberto has stayed with us through thick and thin, even last season when Juventus were in for him, he stuck to his "guns" and stayed with us.

According to the papers, Gilberto is travelling to Panathinaikos for his medical. It is presumed that the player has agreed a three year deal with the Greek side with Arsenal being paid £2m for his services.

Ken Friar, who has been active involved in our transfer dealings said:

“We have agreed to the transfer and signed the papers. It is now an official agreement. We had other offers but we respected Gilberto’s desire to sign for Panathinaikos.”

The other clubs were believed to be Sampadoria and Everton, but the length of contract, financial offer and Champions League football was enough to swing the player the Greek side’s way.

As discussed yesterday, Gilberto is off, Diarra and Flamini are out already, so I expected some activity in the defensive midfield position.

In other news, Martin Keown has lathed into Hleb for his likely departure. He’s basically outlined that Hleb has won nothing, but leaves without proving himself to the club. Remember, players like Henry, Vieira and Pires had won trophies with us. Anyway, Mr Keown said:

“From what I can see – from an outside perspective, I’m not involved with the club – Alex is trying to wriggle his way out of the club, instead of just coming out and saying that he wants to leave. It’s disappointing because I don’t remember him having won a trophy and I think players in the past, like Henry, Vieira, Pires and Anelka, they all left with trophies under their belt. I’d like Hleb to stay a little bit longer and win a trophy, then he can deserve the right to go and make his money somewhere else, because there is a lot left in him as a player, as there is in Adebayor. But as an ex-player, you can feel sure that Arsene Wenger will make the right decision for Arsenal Football Club.”

In Arsene we trust…?

Well, Peter Hill Wood certainly trusts Arsene as he commented on the new recruits…

“I don’t know a great deal but it doesn’t terribly matter what I think. The man who matters is Arsene Wenger and he has very high hopes for both of them. They are pretty young and Arsene believes they can be pretty fine players. Nasri is a bit more advanced than Ramsey, who is 17. Samir has played at the top level and is an established player already. They are two very exciting prospects and they will strengthen the squad in a big way.”

Definitely, both very exciting prospects… take a look at Three Players For Next Season: Nasri, Ramsey & Vela - a little guide on what the three players can bring to us…

When asked about the Ade-bye-yawn / Hleb transfers, PHW said…

“No, nothing new. But it is a long-running saga in both cases”

Okay, I really need to post this before it turns Wednesday… here’s to a suprise signing tomorrow…]]>