The former Brazil international won the Premier League and two FA Cups with the Gunners and feels they must act now in planning to replace the current manager
Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has hailed the achievements of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as the veteran coach celebrates 20 years in charge of the club.
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Brazil international Gilberto was part of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ squad in 2003-04 and also won two FA Cups under Wenger during his six years in north London.
And the former midfielder – who now acts as technical director at Panathinaikos – believes the Premier League outfit must act now in planning for a replacement given the huge job Wenger has undertaken in two decades with the club.
“As a football manager, to stay in a club for 20 years you have to congratulate the guy for achieving such an important thing in his life,” he told reporters.
“The way he changed the club by bringing new ideas and helping bring in good players for the club, meant that they got the results everyone expected. This is not so easy.
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“Sometimes he will make mistakes and when you fail, sometimes people don’t forgive you. Arsene at this time is facing a lot of criticism for the way the team play and they haven’t got the trophies. But if people see the entire job he has done for the club, it has been amazing.
“I hope people do realise that, because when he leaves the club at some point it won’t be so easy to replace him. You can see, for example, at Manchester United where it’s not been so easy to replace Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It’s important for Arsene and for the club to start to prepare somebody for when he leaves. I don’t know if it will be this season as his contract is expiring. He loves the game, he loves what he does and he loves the club.”