Gilberto won't watch semis
Gilberto Silva is reluctant to watch Liverpool's Champions League semi-final as it would be 'very painful' viewing.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 09/04/08 5:03pm
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva is reluctant to watch Liverpool's UEFA Champions League semi-final as it would be 'very painful' viewing.
The Gunners exited Europe's elite competition on Tuesday evening after a controversial penalty from Steven Gerrard ensured The Reds claimed a late success.
And Gilberto has admitted that the defeat was an agonising blow as his side were within six minutes of qualification to the last four.
"Everyone is very disappointed with the result especially because of the way we played," he said on the club's official website. "We were unlucky. The big decisions went against us this time.
"We did very well to equalise, it is very hard especially when you play away from home and are behind. To score is not that easy but maybe we missed our concentration in the final minutes.
"I don't know if I will be watching the semi-final games now. It will be very painful.
"Sometimes you learn more in defeat than you do when you win but, of course, no one at this club enjoys it when you lose the game, especially an opportunity to get into a Champions League semi-final.
"We will learn from the result but I would prefer to learn when we achieve good things."
Gilberto has now urged his team-mates to turn their attention to Sunday's vital Premier League clash at Manchester United - live on Sky Sports 1.
"There is still an outside chance of that in the Premier League but, even (manager) Arsene Wenger accepts his third-place side must win at leaders Manchester United on Sunday for that to happen," he continued.
"It is a very big game. Anything can happen, you never know. The important thing is to start to think about the next game now and try to forget what happened in this game with Liverpool.
"It is important to win the next five games. If we do that, then why not?"