Arsenal’s major January signing Gabriel has revealed that former Gunner, Gilberto Silva, is an inspiration to him and he’s love to emulate what the World Cup winner achieved in his career.
Gilberto was nicknamed the ‘invisible wall’ such was his unnoticed importance to the team and it is fair to say that we still haven’t replaced the legendary figure.
Following the wonderful 2003-04 season, the Brazilian almost missed the entire campaign the next term with a back injury and his importance was suddenly highlighted.
Gabriel believes Gilberto’s attitude and achievements make him an automatic inspiration.
“He was a mirror for every Brazilian player and every child, who looked up to Gilberto Silva as a reference,” the 24-year-old told Arsenal.com
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“He was an influence for many players, not only Brazilians but players around the world.
“I could see that he was a major element here, he really helped the team, he really is a player I want to emulate because of his type of work and his will to help his team-mates, his will to win as a true Brazilian.”
Signed from Atletico Mineiro already a World Cup winner, Gilberto came with a pedigree Gabriel doesn’t have a reference to.
However, he remained humble and left North London with his legacy intact with the Gooners worldwide and also Brazilian fans across the globe.
If Gabriel can produce half the performance of his hero then we certainly have one hell of a player on our hands.