Date: 29th July 2019 at 4:36pm
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17 years ago Arsenal signed Brazilian holding midfielder Gilberto Silva from Atletico Mineiro for a fee of £4.5m. Gilberto had just won a World Cup with Brazil and would go on to achieve immense success during his time at the Gunners, including being a part of the Invincibles.

During his six-year spell in north London, Gilberto made 244 appearances, netting 24 goals and registering ten assists as he became a legend at the club.

The Brazilian lynchpin was vital to Arsenal’s successful period, as he provided the balance in the midfield that allowed Patrick Vieira to foray forward to join the attack. The midfield partnership between Gilberto and Vieira is potentially the best in the club’s history and has never been replicated since.

A lot of Arsenal fans were reminiscent of the former Panathinaikos midfielder’s time at the club, with some claiming he was better than Vieira. A few Gunners fans believe that he has never been replaced at the club.

Here is the best of the reaction.


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