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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Arsenal Midfielder Gilberto Silva Completes Transfer to Panathinaikos

Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has completed his move to Greek club Panathinaikos becoming the highest paid player in Greek football. The Brazilian midfielder has successfully undergone a medial test and signed on a three-year contract with the Greek side.

Gilberto Silva spent eight years at Arsenal and appeared in 170 matches for the Gunners at domestic competitions. The Brazilian served as the vice-captain of Thierry Henry at Arsenal during 2006-2007 season and when Henry moved to Barcelona at the beginning of the last season, many thought Silva to be the next man to wear the captain’s armband at Arsenal. However, surprisingly William Gallas was named Arsenal captain last season. To add pain to the injury, Gilberto Silva lost his place to in-form midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the starting line up of Arsenal. In fact, Gilberto Silva played only a handful of matches last season.

From the very beginning of this season, it was predicted that Gilberto might leave Emirates for the next season. Now, that prediction has come true upon completion of his contract with Panathinaikos on £1million transfer fee. The midfielder will receive £6million during his three-year contract. He expressed his excitement as a Panathinaikos player after reaching Athens.

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