The Brazilian midfielder has certainly been used sparingly for the Gunners this season, despite Arsenal not having a squad anywhere near the same size as Manchester United or Chelsea. With only one league start to his name all year, the Daily Mail report that Gilberto is anxious to get on the pitch and help resurrect Arsenal’s season – can he make any difference now that they’ve lost momentum?
“I have not been selected recently but I am ready and waiting to play,” said Gilberto. “I haven’t played much but I feel fit and we will see what happens. There are not many games to go with Arsenal but it was nice to be playing.”
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger described Gilberto in last night’s match programme as “intelligent and efficient” and that was exactly the display he produced, anchoring an otherwise youthful Brazilian side.
With a tricky game at Bolton taking place on Saturday, it’s entirely possible that the 31-year-old will be pitched into action, especially as the game is likely to be physical and the congested fixture schedule over the next few weeks. It’s clear that the Arsenal number 19 would easily get into most Premier League teams and that he’s considering a future away from the Emirates Stadium.