Arsenal logoArsenal

Modern Mr. Arsenal Reminisces About Arsene Wenger's "Big School"

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 28: Gilberto Silva of Brazil celebrates during the 2009 Confederations Cup final match between Brazil and USA from Ellis Park on June 28, 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Gallo Images/Getty Images
Owen WatsonCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2010

Arsenal fans may well remember Gilberto Silva with a smile. The Brazilian midfielder was an understated yet brilliant performer for the Gunners and a key component of the ‘Invincibles’ side of 2004.

As Cesc Fabregas emerged from Patrick Vieira’s shadow it was Gilberto that played foil to the magical Spaniard. Off the football pitch the Brazilian is said to be a level-headed and genuine person, and is a patron of the charity The Street League.

"I miss the good atmosphere within the team. But to be honest, I miss everything about Arsenal!” Gilberto told Arsenal’s official website in a recent interview. “The time I had at Arsenal was amazing and I miss everything. But I have great memories about Arsenal, memories I will never forget."

The Brazilian highlighted the learning ethos at the club as one of its strengths and took time to praise the people behind the scenes.

"For me, Arsenal was a big school, as I learned so many things at the club. I am very thankful for everything, the club, all the people at Arsenal, they were so nice to me and very helpful during my time there. 

"Everyone was always smiling, always there to help me,” he continued. “It’s impossible to point to just one thing I miss because I had a great time at Arsenal. I fitted in well with the culture at Arsenal.

"When I came to Arsenal I had on my mind that I had to start from zero again with many things in my life and my football career, and I started at this point from zero. When I started from there I think it was a chance to learn. I always had on my mind that I had so many things to learn."

This is what Arsenal is about, so when I see someone branding the Gunners as a "Kindergarten club "after one bad result in Europe it makes me wonder what "fans" expect from a club.

This "win at any cost" mentality is saddening. A club should represent bigger ideals, wanting to develop all players and be more than just a team that clocks up wins at the weekend.

Gilberto as a person and a player represents the modern Mr. Arsenal, that’s something true fans will understand.

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices