Kolo Toure has praised the performances of Gilberto at centre back.

The Brazilian, normally a midfielder, has ended the last three games alongside the Ivorian at the heart of the Arsenal defence. Wenger was so confident in Gilberto's ability in that role that he even started with him there at Bolton on Wednesday.

Speaking exclusively to Arsenal.com, Toure backed his judgement.

"Gilberto is a really clever player with a lot of experience," he said. "He did really well against Middlesbrough and Wigan.

"If you are a good player in the middle then you can play at the back. Gilberto has ability, is good in the air and he a mature player too

"It is good for the team because we have versatile players."



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