The Mirror make up story about Gilberto
This morning The Mirror appear to have made up a story about Gilberto being ‘angry’ at being ’snubbed’.
The writer of the story, John Cross, wrote the story after being angry at The Mirror, who refused to give him his own sports column. Actually, that’s just made up: just like his own story about Gilberto.
Here is the fairy tale he wrote:
Silva angry at snub
EXCLUSIVE Gilberto joins Lehmann in Wenger freeze-out
Brazil captain Gilberto Silva could be on his way out of Arsenal after an amazing Carling Cup snub.
And keeper Jens Lehmann has also been frozen out again after being told he won’t be playing at Sheffield United tomorrow.
Gilberto has been axed from the squad for refusing to play as a makeshift centre-half at Bramall Lane. It is another blow for the midfielder, who has lost his place to Mathieu Flamini this season and his discontent has alerted several clubs, including Juventus and Valencia.
There seems no way back for Gilberto with Arsenal top of the Premier League, and he has told Arsene Wenger he no longer wants to play at centre half.
The World Cup winner filled in there for last month’s win at Tottenham but was upset to be dropped for a Champions League victory over Sevilla days later.
German veteran Lehmann, 38 next month, also appears to be on his way out as he has lost his battle with Manuel Almunia.
Lehmann might have expected to get an outing in tomorrow’s fourth-round tie, but Wenger will stick with Polish keeper Lukasz Fabianski while Italian teenager Vito Mannone will be on the bench.
There is so much filth in this story that it’s very tempting to just ignore it. However, the temptation to point out all the rubbish in the article is too strong for me to ignore, so:
Firstly, there are no quotes. The writer of the story doesn’t even bother pretending he has spoken to a “source close to the player”. There is no source, just innovative use of imagination.
Secondly, why has he pretended that Gilberto refused to play as a centre half? He has played there countless times before. Also, if Gilberto was angry at not being played, why would he try to get back at Wenger by REFUSING TO PLAY? This is ridiculous, and clearly made up.
Thirdly, Gilberto has always been 100% professional in his conduct, and this behaviour is just too incongruent to be true. If Gilberto was indeed ‘angry’, he wouldn’t refuse to play for the club, and he certainly wouldn’t go telling anybody at The Mirror.
Let me get this straight: Gilberto isn’t happy that he isn’t playing for Arsenal, but what professional WOULD be happy to sit on the bench? However, the fact that Gilberto isn’t happy not playing doesn’t mean he’s ‘angry’ or refusing to play. He is too professional for throwing wobblies (which is more than can be said for Lehmann’s current behaviour), and Gilberto is doing nothing but working hard to get back into the Arsenal first team.
Until Gilberto actually tells the press that he has refused to play for Arsenal, then I can only assume that the whole thing is just made up by The Mirror to get more hits to their website and to sell more newspapers.
This is disrespectful to Gilberto. To spread rumours about a player, casting doubt over the integrity of his character just to make a few more quid is a terrible thing to do. The Mirror, hang your head in shame, or give us some quotes or sources to back up your far fetched statements.