The former Gunners midfielder believes a coach who boasts strong ties to the north London outfit will deliver success in the long run
Mikel Arteta has been backed by Gilberto Silva to do “good work” for Arsenal after taking important lessons from managerial mentors Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola.
A promising Spanish coach was appointed by the Gunners in December 2019 in the wake of Unai Emery’s dismissal at Emirates Stadium.
Arteta boasts strong ties to the north London outfit from his playing days, having captained the club ahead of hanging up his boots, but is just a coaching rookie at the highest level.
At just 38 years of age, he’s got only previously worked along with Guardiola within an assistant role at Manchester City.
Early signs of encouragement have been offered, though, at Arsenal and the typical consensus is that he will get things right if given the full time and support he must be successful.
Ex-Gunners star Gilberto is among those expecting positive things from a highly-rated tactician, telling the Daily Mail of a person who has learned from some of the best around: “He knows the club, that he played under Arsene, that he worked with Pep and I’m sure that he learned from both of these and one other managers that he worked with.
“He can do good work for the club.”
Arsenal are leaning heavily on familiar faces when it comes to future planning as Arteta is in the dugout, Freddie Ljungberg and Per Mertesacker form part of the coaching and youth development teams and Edu fills a technical director post.
Gilberto, who was simply a member of Arsenal’s iconic ‘Invincibles’ squad from 2003-04, admits however not be against time for the Emirates if a suitable position was put to him.
The Brazilian said when asked of a possible retracing of his steps: “I’m enjoying my other work.
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“But you never know. Arsenal hold a special invest my heart and if 1 day I get an invitation from the club needless to say I’d think in a particular way about any of it.
“But for now I’ll be following from the outside and if I can help Arsenal in a different way at the moment, I’ll do my best.”
Arsenal stay static in contention for European qualification and FA Cup glory this season, with Arteta’s side set to be back action on Sunday once they take in a derby date with north London neighbours Tottenham.