Arsenal Legend Gilberto Silva could be the latest invincible to head back to the Emirates to take up a coaching job.
In an interview with Brazilian news outlet Globo Esporte, Gilberto confirmed that he has had an invitation from the club to return, and that he would one day like to go into management.
Gilberto who was part of the Arsenal team (popularly referred to as the Invincibles) which went a whole season unbeaten, responded to questions about the move saying,
‘I have had an invitation, yes,’ he said. ‘Anything is possible, it makes me happy when you have these invitations, people see you with a different profile, you can contribute.’
Gilberto who amassed a total of 93 appearances for the Brazilian national team between 2001 and 2010 also said:
‘It makes me happy and motivated, and it makes me want to learn from others, seek knowledge and develop my own style.’
However, the Brazilian World Cup winner insisted that he still wants to continue playing for the time being, despite being 38 years old, and currently without a club after leaving his last club Atletico Miniero.
Given Arsenal’s lack of presence in central midfield, Arsene Wenger must wish his former midfield general was a few years younger.
During his time with the Gunners, Gilberto made a total of 237 appearances scoring 24 goals in a wonderful time at Highbury which spanned from 2002-2008. Within that period, Gilberto won 2 Fa cups, 2 community shields, 1 Premier league and one UEFA Champions league runner’s up medal. It is worth noting that Gilberto was part of the famous title winning side in 2003/2004 tagged ‘THE INVINCIBLES’.
His formidable partnership formed with Patrick Viera was one of the deadliest midfield partnerships back then and this helped ensure the provide a steel cover for the defence and also ensure the Gunners go the whole season without a single defeat.
Getting Gilberto on board at the Emirates as a coach would be very helpful to the team. As current players could learn from his experience seeing as he was part of the best team Arsenal has yet to produce. and could also help to solidify that defensive midfield position where we have been having issues for sometime now.
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