Former Gunner Gilberto Silva says he’s hopeful that Arsenal can lift the FA Cup this season and lift the pressure on the club and manager Arsene Wenger.
The Brazilian was a double cup winner in his time with the Gunners, and he knows how much it would mean to lift a trophy after so long.
An interview with BT Sport, the Brazilian was asked if he thought Arsene Wenger would still be manager in 2014, so many years after he left, and he said, “I hoped so, it is not an easy job because there is a lot of pressure with Arsenal not winning the title for a few years but this season they have an opportunity to win The FA Cup.
“I really hope they can do it and this will then of course ease the pressure. This kind of pressure is normal when you have been as successful as him in the recent past for the club.
“Some people say he should leave but I disagree because he brought success to the club and people shouldn’t only analyse the last 5-8 years but also look at what he has achieved throughout his whole time at the club.”
He also touched on the Invincibles, saying, “It was great, an amazing six years of my life. It is always nice when people talk to me about Arsenal. For me Arsenal was like a school in many ways. There was a good atmosphere, good team and a new way to look at football for me.
“It was fantastic, I learnt a lot about football and whenever I have the opportunity to talk to people about Arsenal it is always a good feeling.”
Remember: The Arseblog book about the 2003-04 season is being launched on May 15th at The Tollington. All welcome.
For more from Gilberto Silva tune into SportsHUB on Monday 5 May, BT Sport 1 at 6.30pm where he will be speaking to promote the documentary ‘Gilberto Silva’s Road to Rio’, which recounts the Street Child World Cup that took place in Rio last month. BT Sport’s charity, The Supporters Club, backed three charities that sent teams to the tournament. Watch it on 5 May, BT Sport 1 at 10.15pm.