Gilberto Silva has warned Arsenal they may struggle to replace Arsene Wenger as manager, should he leave the club next summer.
Wenger’s contract expires at the end of the season and the Frenchman has yet to confirm if he will opt to remain at the club or leave after 20 years of service which has brought three Premier League titles and six FA Cups.
Silva has warned the Gunners they must prepare for his departure so as to avoid the struggles suffered by Manchester United who are already on their third manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
“As a football manager, to stay in a club for 20 years you have to congratulate the guy for achieving such an important thing in his life,” Gilberto said according to the Evening Standard.
“The way he changed the club by bringing new ideas and helping bring in good players for the club, meant that they got the results everyone expected. This is not so easy.
“Sometimes he will make mistakes and when you fail, sometimes people don’t forgive you. Arsene at this time is facing a lot of criticism for the way the team play and they haven’t got the trophies. But if people see the entire job he has done for the club, it has been amazing.
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“I hope people do realise that, because when he leaves the club at some point it won’t be so easy to replace him. You can see, for example, at Manchester United where it’s not been so easy to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It’s important for Arsene and for the club to start to prepare somebody for when he leaves. I don’t know if it will be this season as his contract is expiring. He loves the game, he loves what he does and he loves the club.”
Having brought huge success to the Emirates, Wenger will indeed be missed when he does finally opt to leave and Gooners will be hoping to avoid the mistakes made by Manchester United who have struggled to replace Sir Alex Ferguson, with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal having failed miserably despite spending heavily.