Former Arsenal star backs his old club to bag Premier League title

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has stated his belief that Arsenal can win the Premier League this season, and says he will be cheering them on.

Gilberto Silva is best remembered for being part of 'the Arsenal invicibles', who went the entire 2003/04 season unbeaten, lifting the Premier League title in the process.

Now the Atletico Mineiro man has backed his former club to triumph once again.

Gilberto, now 37, believes that Arsenal are all set to lift another Premier League trophy, and has admitted that he will be backing ex-manager Arsene Wenger's team all the way.

Speaking to talkSPORT following Arsenal's 2-0 win over Hull City at the Emirates, he said:

“I watched them against Hull and they played a really nice game and very good football.

“It’s what we expect from them and I hope this year they can win the league. I’ll be here cheering them on and supporting them from outside England."

After departing Arsenal in 2008, Gilberto Silva moved to Panathanaikos before a spell with Brazilian club Gremio.

Silva rejoined Atletico Mineiro in 2012, after originally leaving the Belo Horizonte side in 2001. He is a current team-mate of ex-Barcelona star Ronaldinho.

Upon his return Silva highlighted his ambition to play his part in guiding Mineiro to the 2013 Copa Libertadores final, targeting a trophy win.

Gilberto Silva was to prove successful, winning the Copa Libertadores after defeating Club Olimpia, from Paraguay in the final in July 2013.

Whilst Silva's manager these days in former Brazilian footballer Cuca, the defensive midfielder backed Arsene Wenger to stay at the North London club for many years to come.

“I expect him to stay. Everyone at Arsenal does because he knows the club more than many, many people," Gilberto said.

“He knows exactly what he has to do for the club in general.”

Christmas and the New Year is often seen as a crucial time in any side's Premier League campaign, and Gilberto believes it will be no different for Wenger's title-chasing Gunners.

“They have the chance this year because they are doing very well at the moment. It’s important after December and when they start January that they keep playing well, strong as they are and united as they are."

“It will be very crucial but I am very confident they can achieve it this year.”


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