Gilberto Silva is apparently hoping for a return to Arsenal in the near future, with the Brazilian looking to become a coach at the club he had such success with, according to his exclusive interview with 888sport.
The 39-year-old spent a number of fantastic years with Arsenal, and was a large part of the Invincibles side in 2003/04. He was a hugely popular figure at the club, and we’ve lacked steel and grit in midfield ever since his departure in 2008.
He’s since returned to Brazil to continue his playing career well into his 30s, and just recently announced his retirement from the game. He’s now looking to do his coaching badges, and he claims he’d love to make a return to north London to complete his training with Arsene Wenger and the team.
“I will do my badges and I want to learn more and more about football not just on the field but off it,” Gilberto said.
“I haven’t spoken to Arsene or someone at the club about working together but if something happens of course for my feelings for the club I would think carefully in a very good way.”
Having Silva as a coach could be hugely beneficial, as he could bring a massive amount of experience to the table. He’s a World Cup winner, a title winner, a multiple domestic cup winner, and was a top quality defensive midfielder in his day.
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Francis Coquelin aside, we haven’t exactly created a plethora of top quality defensive players, and the majority of stars who come through our academy tend to be strikers, wingers, or at the most attack minded full-backs.
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The Arsenal legend would be a welcome addition to our coaching staff, so if he gets in contact with Arsene Wenger perhaps we’ll see him back at the club soon.