Arsenal Invincible sees Club World Cup dream collapse

Gilberto Silva

Arsenal hero Gilberto Silva could only watch on as Atletico Mineiro crashed out of the Club World Cup.

A decade ago Gilberto Silva was at the heart of an Arsenal side which would make history by going through the entire Premier League season unbeaten.

Now 37, the Brazilian is still playing in his homeland, helping Atletico Mineiro to winning the prestigious Copa Libertadores in July.

Mineiro, led by Ronaldinho, automatically qualified for the Club World Cup which is currently being held in Africa for the first time, in Morocco.

Last night they competed in the semi-finals against Moroccan side Raja Casablanca, who took full advantage of home advantage.

Ronaldinho and co were tipped to win and face Bayern Munich in the final, but were stunned - losing 3-1 to the Moroccans.

There was no Bernard, star of the Libertadores, who has since moved onto Shakhtar Donetsk, but international striker Jo - formerly of Manchester City - was selected.

Gilberto Silva has reinvented himself at the club as a centre-back, starting 10 days ago on the final day of the Brasileirao against Vitoria.

However he was left on the bench and remained an unused substitute as Mineiro crashed out, unable to replicate the success of Corinthians who won last year's tournament, defeating Chelsea.

Gilberto has given no indication either way as to whether this would be his final season, and he may well have been hoping he and his teammates could win the Club World Cup and he could bow out on a high.

Still, with one Premier League title, one Greek Super League title, two FA Cups and one Greek Cup, one Copa Libertadores, and one World Cup, he hasn't done badly...

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