Gilberto is quoted as saying he wants to finish his career at Arsenal. There are compelling arguments for both sides, here they are, you choose.
Sign him) He is 31 now, he has awesome experience and is still one of the best holding midfielders in the world, he also has the dressing room and I suspect it would be a downer if Wenger threw out another 30 something year old, just because he’s over 30, that may have had something to do with Vieira and Henry going as well as Pires holding out for two more years, Dennis was the exception, I think Gilberto has been the model professional and as such we should keep him around until he is 34, so extend his contract by a year and show some loyalty, he has.
Sell him) By the time his current deal ends he will be 33, we’ll get nothing for him then and arguably £7mil now would be good business, especially as we have cover in abundance. He is getting to the age where his skills will decline and he will get more and more aggrieved by being on the bench.
Whichever way you look at it it’s a conundrum, I would keep him, as to me he is the Martin Keown of the third generation and a steady hand when we need it, he hasn’t complained once even though he was snubbed, outrageously in my book, for the captaincy.
You don’t just dump the wife because she’s getting older do you? Well in theory you don’t!
The lacklustre performance midweek was a good thing, it puts the fringe players in their place and sends out the message, you just weren’t good enough against the team the big boys beat 7 nil, so bide your time and keep your heads down.
We need a thumping win against Reading to send a big message out and by Monday the chasing pack will be at our heels and ManU will more than likely be top, albeit for two days.
Robin should be back soon and I personally can’t wait, for me Ade works hard but is not really a prolific goalscorer, I think with Robin by his side he will get more goals, Eduardo will happen but he has the curse of the ‘new boy from abroad’ syndrome, but he will come good, of that I have no doubt.
We still need a world class center back and a left winger (Did anyone see the awesome Ribery last night?), I have a feeling Wenger has something in store for us, it doesn’t need much, just a bit a stability when Gallas or Toure are out, Djourou can offer that, but Phil I don’t think can. Drafting Song in is like the days of Stepanovs and Cygan, okay, but not world class and could cost us.
You already know my views on goalkeepers, the Bolton Finnish keeper with the hard to pronounce name is being touted, but I’m not sure, I like the way he wastes time though.
It will be a very boring weekend unless of course ManU lose, Liverpool lose and Chelsea lose. Oh if only!
Till tomorrow Grover’s.