Arsenal midfielder Gilberto has denied a rift with manager Arsene Wenger over his recent exclusion from the side.

The Brazilian has struggled to regain his place, with Mathieu Flamini in outstanding form, and some reports claimed he had refused to play in Wednesday´s Carling Cup win at Sheffield United - although he did in fact take the field.

Gilberto said in the Observer: "It was strange, this thing that I had a fight with Arsene."

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