Hleb and Gilberto could both be walking out the door this summer-
And the circumstances for them both couldn't be more different.
Us Gooners could not begrudge Gilberto the chance of leaving. He isn't a first team regular anymore, but over the last season you have hardly heard a peep from the Brazilian.
He was high in my estimation, but has risen even higher after the professional attitude he has shown and if he decides his future is away from the club then we can't stand in his way.
He needs first-team football and hasn't had it this season. Yet despite this he has just got on with being left out of the starting line-up time and time again without the slightest of grumbles.
His loyalty to Arsenal cannot be questioned and the service that he has provided us with since 2002 has been first class.
A true great and I'd love him to stay at Arsenal, although it wouldn't be fair on him to have another season like he just had.
Hleb could learn a thing or two from the Brazilian.
Who had heard of Hleb before his move to the Emirates?
Arsenal and Arsene have made him. Yet the first sign of a better wage and BANG! He wants out.
He's been at the club for three seasons and this season has only just begun to show us how good he can be. He has talent, and at first when it was announced he wanted out I was gutted.
Now I want either one of two things to happen.
1-We sell and get as much money for him as possible
2-We throw him in the reserves to rot until his contract runs out.
All the excuses about wanting to have a quieter life are beginning to wear thin. We are not idiots, we know its money you want.
Milan, Barcelona and Madrid are not quiet for fucks sake!!
I cant show Hleb any respect anymore. Any I had has disappeared and joined my respect for Gilberto.
There is no turning back for Hleb now, I never want him to wear the Arsenal shirt again. It should be about pride to put on that shirt, Gilberto has it when wearing it, Hleb obviously hasn't.
Alex, I hope you enjoy the calm quiet Milan, Madrid area's and I hope that you regret the day you ever left Arsenal.
Gilberto, if you do leave, thanks for the memories and good luck mate.
Giberto has shown his loyalty to us, its a shame that Hleb hasn't.
Keep it Goonerish..........