Former Arsenal captain Gilberto Silva has urged Brazil team-mate Felipe Melo to join the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger's side are reportedly interested in acquiring the accomplished holding midfielder from Serie A side Fiorentina.

"We heard rumours and he asked me," Gilberto told BBC Sport. "I said it's a fantastic club and if he's interested he should go without thinking."

The former Arsenal man added: "He is exactly what they need - a powerful player with quality. If they got him it would be great because he is a player they need at the moment.

"I'm sure if they got him it would be a good signing. I have told him Arsenal is a great club and I am sure next season they will improve."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Topics:
Arsenal
Football
Gilberto Silva
Premier League
Gilberto