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Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva insists he has no intention of leaving the club, despite him becoming a peripheral figure for the Gunenrs this season.

The 31-year-old’s Brazilian’s future at the Emirates has been in doubt as he has failed to hold down a regular place in the starting line-up.

“I’m not thinking about leaving the club,” he said. “I have always said I am happy at the club.

“Of course, my situation is not comfortable in all the games but I still don’t think about leaving.

“I prefer to think I have a condition to get back in the team and I will do my job and best to do that.”

Gilberto also denied reports claiming he refused to play at centre-back for manager Arsene Wenger.

“It’s not true,” he said. “If I have said something to Arsene it would never come out in the papers.

“I would go to him and speak to him face-to-face. We have great respect for each other.

“The only thing I can say is this is not true. Everyone knows I’m not 100% happy to be on the bench, that’s normal.

“But I’m being professional and doing my job. I respect everybody in the squad, I respect him and I respect his decision. It’s the only thing I can do.

“It would be great if I could extend my contract with the club and finish my career here,” he added.

“But I need to see if the club has the same feeling and it wants the same thing as I want.”

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