Gilberto Silva ‘invited’ for coaching role at Arsenal

Gilberto Silva has been offered the chance to return to Arsenal when his playing career is over.

The 38-year-old midfielder turned out 237 times for the Gunners in a six-season stay in North London, cementing his place in the club’s record books by playing 32 games as part of the ‘Invincibles’ season of 2003/04.

He left the club in the summer of 2008 to join Panathanaikos, before the former Brazilian international followed up his career with Gremio and Atletico Mineiro in his homeland. He left Mineiro at the beginning of 2014, and has yet to find a club since, and he confirmed that he had been offered a return to North London when he hangs up his boots - as a coach.

Gilberto has no desire to retire just yet, with him still on the lookout for a new cub, but quoted by the Standard, the midfielder told Globo Esporte that he has ‘had an invitation’ to head onto Arsene Wenger’s coaching team when he has finally decided to step out of the playing side of the game.

“I have had an invitation,” the 2002 World Cup winner was quoted as saying. “Anything is possible.

“It makes me happy when you have these invitation, and it makes me want to learn from others, seek knowledge and develop my own style.

“I spent six years at Arsenal, which was a great place to learn. I have it as a reference point and a football model.”

However, with his playing career still very much at the forefront of his mind, Gilberto also added that a return to Arsenal will not be happening soon, with many clubs already offering him a playing contract for when he recovers from a knee injury that has been troubling him for a number of months.

“I’ve had some offers to play again,” he continued.

“My rehabilitation is in the final stretch and I’m open to discussions.”

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