Legend sends important message to Arsene Wenger ahead of summer transfer window

May 28, 2017

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says something needs to change at the club this summer after another disappointing season under Arsene Wenger.

The Brazilian formed a key part of the Gunners’ 2003/04 ‘Invincibles’ side that won the Premier League title without losing a single game, but he’s unimpressed by the new generation.

Arsenal finished fifth in the league this season, their lowest finish under Wenger, and Gilberto says the club deserves better than the players they currently have.

Criticising them for being mentally weak, the World Cup winner called on Wenger to bring in a new batch of players who can cope with the pressure of representing the club.

‘If Wenger stays, let’s say for another two years, he has to change something,’ he said.

‘Bring someone to work closely with him, bring players who can cope with the pressure and make Arsenal what they deserve.’

Gilberto did add, however, that keeping hold of star duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil was crucial for Arsenal if they are to move forward.

‘If they decide to leave, it’s their choice. It’s happened in the past,’ he said.

‘It would be very disappointing for (Wenger), for us and everyone who wants to see Arsenal perform well. Keeping those players next season is very important.’