Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva has revealed that there's an offer on the table from Arsene Wenger for him to take up a coaching role at the Emirates Stadium, when he finally decides to retire from a stellar playing career.
Gilberto is currently exploring his options and would ideally like to find a new club to represent in Brazil next year, but if he joins Thierry Henry in retirement there's every chance he'll join Wenger's backroom staff in some capacity.
Gunners fans will likely be slightly disappointed that Henry has for the time being picked punditry over an active return to Arsenal, but it's clear that Wenger is willing to make room for some of the men which helped form the incredible 'Invincibles' team of a decade ago in his current plans.
Gilberto yet to make his mind up
The 38-year-old was asked about his future in an interview with Brazilian publication Globo Esporte, relayed by the Daily Mail, quickly revealing that Wenger's offered him the chance to get serious about a future coaching career with an apprenticeship at London Colney.
Gilberto said: 'I have had an invitation. Anything is possible, it makes me happy when you have these invitations, people see you with a different profile, you can contribute. It makes me happy and motivated, and it makes me want to learn from others, seek knowledge and develop my own style.'
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How Arsenal would dearly love an enforcer of Gilberto's quality in their current squad, a player under-appreciated by everyone but his team-mates during six seasons in the Premier League.
Gilberto formed a tremendous partnership with Patrick Vieira at Highbury, a duo that reached their peak during the unbeaten 2003/04 campaign.
An intelligent World Cup winner with an eye for important defensive nuances would surely be a strong addition to Wenger's team, although the presence of Steve Bould as assistant manager has failed to help Arsenal find solidity of presence at the back in recent times.
It's questionable how much influence Bould is allowed to exert on a day-to-day basis at Arsenal, but Gilberto's return would be popular and allow Arsenal to finally start making the most of that incredible 2004 vintage in terms of taking the club forward in the present day.