Gilberto tells Wenger: I can turn Arsenal's season round

Last updated at 11:07 27 March 2008

Gilberto says he is "ready and waiting" to help get Arsenal's season back on track.

The 31-year-old has started just one Premier League game this year as Cesc

Fabregas and Mathieu Flamini have cemented a partnership at the heart of the

Gunners midfield.

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The Brazilian played the full 90 minutes of his country's 1-0 win over Sweden at

Emirates Stadium last night and insists he is fully match fit as the season reaches its climax, with Arsenal six points behind Manchester United in the title race and facing a Champions League quarter-final with Liverpool.

"I have not been selected recently but I am ready and waiting to play," said

Gilberto. "I haven't played much but I feel fit and we will see what happens. There are not many games to go with Arsenal but it was nice to be playing."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger described Gilberto in last night's match programme

as "intelligent and efficient" and that was exactly the display he produced, anchoring an otherwise youthful Brazilian side.

Julio Baptista and Diego went close on several occasions as Brazil dominated the

first half, Robinho pulling the strings with impudent flicks and clever passing.

Striker Markus Rosenberg wasted Sweden's best chance and, as this match to

commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brazil's World Cup Final victory against

the same opponents appeared to be heading for a stalemate, exciting

18-year-old Alexandre Pato came on for his international debut.

An over-hit pass from United midfielder Anderson was heading to relative safety

before substitute keeper Rami Shaaban smashed the ball into Pato. Without

looking at the goal, he span and instantly hit a left-foot half-volley that looped over ex-Gunner Shaaban and into the net.

Pele scored twice in that 1958 final as a 17-year-old and AC Milan striker Pato's half-hour cameo left many to conclude a new star had been born.

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