Gilberto steps down from Panathinaikos role

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Gilberto Silva has left his position as technical director at Greek side Panathinaikos by mutual consent.

The ‘Invincible’ only took up the position with his former club seven months ago having formerly retired this time last year due to a knee injury. It is understood he has also turned down the opportunity to stay in Athens in an ambassadorial capacity.

Back in May, Gilberto told Goal.com that his backroom role was far trickier than life on the pitch and that he’d chatted regularly with David Dein and Arsene Wenger about the intricacies of his position.

He also touched on whether he’d ever be tempted to return to Arsenal. “You never know [about returning to Arsenal],” he hinted.

“Everyone knows Arsenal is the club from the deepest point of my heart that I have a great love and appreciation for.

“The most important part now is not to focus on that and focus on doing my job [at Panathinaikos] in the right way, to help them achieve their goals. If the team achieve their goals it means that everyone has done a good job.”

The Brazilian World Cup winner was last seen at the Emirates playing for the Arsenal Legends as they beat their AC Milan counterparts 4-2. If he’s at a loose end – not necessarily the case, as there appears to be a court case he’s involved in with former club Atletico Mineiro about the injury that ended his career – it’ll be interesting to see whether the club brings him back into the fold.

Arseblog News would certainly love to see our ‘Invisible Wall’ back in some capacity.

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