Former Arsenal midfielder, Gilberto Silva, who was part of the historic 2003-2004 Arsenal squad that went unbeaten in the Premier League, has offered counsel to the present Gunners’ team in their quest to clinch the Premier League title, aiming to redeem last season’s near-miss.
Silva, recently transitioning from his position as the Technical Director at Greek side, Panathinaikos to join Declan Rice as an ambassador for the suicide prevention charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), imparted his wisdom gleaned from his victorious stint with Arsenal.
Arsenal’s ambitious run last season was marred by critical injuries to key players like William Saliba, Thomas Partey, and Takehiro Tomiyasu, leading to a late-season surge by eventual champions Manchester City, derailing the Gunners’ aspirations.
Speaking in an interview to Arseblog News, Silva commended Arsenal’s promising start this season but emphasised the significance of responding effectively and learning from previous setbacks.
“They are doing very well,” Silva stated. “Last year, Arsenal were so close to winning and then ended up in a tough way, very frustrated, as I imagine were the players.”
Drawing from his experience, Silva emphasised the importance of transforming adversity into motivation. “When you are playing and we were so close but then things change, it’s tough. I know this feeling but the only way to change it, you have to react better, you have to learn from the past mistakes and turn it into little goals, small victories and then big victories.”
Silva underscored the underestimation Arsenal faced earlier this season, highlighting their resurgence as a credible threat: “Not many people trusted they would be in the position they are now… Arsenal is back and we have to be careful about them. They are a real threat now.”
Expressing hope for Arsenal’s success, Gilberto Silva added, “I hope they can transform this good moment into a reward and real titles. I hope that at the end of the season we celebrate the 20 years of the Invincibles and we can celebrate all together with 20 years of the Invincible and the title of Arsenal back again.”
After a few bad results in recent weeks, Arsenal will be looking to get their season back on track when they host Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium next weekend.