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Gilberto Silva: those calling for Wenger to be sacked are wrong

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Former Arsenal captain Gilberto Silva sat down with BT Sport recently to promote his documentary on the Street Child World Cup.

Naturally, conversation led onto his career with the Gunners.

Silva spent six years at the North London club – following a £4.5 million switch from Atletico Mineiro – and he quickly established himself as a stalwart in Arsenal's "invincibles" team.

Questioned over Arsene Wenger's situation at the club - the Frenchman has yet to accept renewed terms on his contract that have been on the table since November - the combative Brazilian maintained that Arsenal have achieved a lot under his tenure, despite the paucity of trophies in recent seasons.

"Some people say he should leave, but I disagree because he brought success to the club and people shouldn't only analyse the last 5-8 years but also look at what he has achieved throughout his whole time at the club," he said

Silva also extolled Wenger's footballing philosophy and ability to cultivate squad camaraderie.

"To play for Arsene Wenger was great, I learnt a lot from him. The way he wants the game to be played and the way he united us as a group of players to win games was fantastic."

Invited to reminisce on the legendary "invincibles" side of the 2003/04 season, Gilberto likened  the experience to being at school – such was the extent of the learning experience.

"It was great, an amazing six years of my life. It is always nice when people talk to me about Arsenal. For me Arsenal was like a school in many ways.

"There was a good atmosphere, good team and a new way to look at football for me. It was fantastic, I learnt a lot about football and whenever I have the opportunity to talk to people about Arsenal it is always a good feeling."

For more from Gilberto Silva tune into SportsHUB on Monday 5 May, BT Sport 1 at 6.30pm where he will be speaking to promote the documentary 'Gilberto Silva's Road to Rio', which recounts the Street Child World Cup that took place in Rio last month. BT Sport's charity, The Supporters Club, backed three charities that sent teams to the tournament. Watch it on 5 May,  BT Sport 1 at 10.15pm.

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