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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2007, 11:04 GMT 12:04 UK
Gilberto attacks Drogba over jibe
Gilberto and Didier Drogba
Gilberto thinks Drogba is "talking too much"
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has hit back at claims made by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba that the Gunners are no longer title challengers.

Drogba is adamant the north London side will struggle next season as a result of the sale of the influential Thierry Henry to Barcelona.

"So Drogba said we're out of the title race? We'll see what happens," Gilberto told The Sun newspaper.

"They spent a fortune last season and couldn't beat Arsenal in the league."

He added: "They didn't defend the title either, so I think Drogba is talking a little bit too much."

He appears to be a good player and a great striker

Gilberto Silva on Da Silva

Arsenal have brought in Croatia forward Eduardo da Silva to help fill the void left by Henry's departure.

Gilberto believes the new signing will be a hit at the Emirates Stadium.

"We played against him in the Champions League. He appears to be a good player and a great striker but we'll have to see how he settles in and adapts to English football," added the Brazil star, who is on Copa America duty.

"We'll lose a heck of a lot without Henry. He was our main player, the captain, the top scorer.

"It's true that replacing him will be no simple task. But we can't go through the kind of spell we did when Patrick Vieira went to Italy."

SEE ALSO
Drogba dismisses Arsenal chances
01 Jul 07 |  Chelsea
Arsenal snap up striker Da Silva
02 Jul 07 |  Arsenal


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