Gilberto denies Wenger rift
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto has denied any rift with manager Arsene Wenger.
Last Updated: 04/11/07 12:11pm
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto insists he has not fallen out with Arsene Wenger.
The Brazilian has found himself out of favour this season, as Wenger has promoted Mathieu Flamini from the bench.
Flamini has responded to his manager's faith by playing some outstanding football in Arsenal's largely immaculate start to the campaign.
Talk has suggested Gilberto will be on his way in the January transfer window, with Juventus mooted as suitors, but the experienced Brazilian insists he has no desire to quit the capital.
Gilberto said in the Observer: "It was strange, this thing that I had a fight with Arsene.
"I never did that. We have a mutual respect for each other and although I'm not happy to be on the bench, and he and everyone knows that, I always respect his decision about what he thinks is best for the team.
"I'm being very professional, so I don't understand how these things come out when we don't have any problem. I'm not the kind of person who would refuse to play."
The 31-year-old's contract expires in 18 months but he is focusing his attention on winning back his place in Wenger's first XI.
"We'll see at the end of the season what's going to happen," he said.
"But now I just play football and don't think about what comes from outside."