By Richard Clarke

Gilberto will do "fantastically well" at Panathinaikos predicts Arsène Wenger.

The Arsenal manager reluctantly let the Brazilian midfielder leave for the Athens side during the summer after his first-team chances had been severely restricted during the previous season.

However the 31-year-old departed with a ringing endorsement from the Frenchman when a Greek journalist enquired about Gilberto at the press conference ahead of the Amsterdam Tournament.

"They have inherited not only a great player but a great man," Wenger replied.

"He will do fantastically well. He did not play in our side last season because Flamini came in at a tournament and did well. Fabregas was already in the side too. But when he came into the side he did well."

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