Gilberto Silva, an integral part of the Gunners unbeaten 2004 Premier League winning side, says Arsene Wenger’s men must believe in themselves if they are to progress in the Champions League.
Speaking to sports agency, Sportsbeat, Silva said: “If you play for Arsenal you must believe every time it is possible. They need to believe they can win the game and get through.”
Speaking from experience
“It was a really tough result against Monaco. You never want to lose a Champions League game at home and it is not going to be easy for them to change the situation in their favour.”
Silva made 237 appearances for the Gunners including their Champions League final defeat in 2006, and Silva would love to see his old side get back to the final this year; “It would be a massive achievement but not just for Arsene (Wenger), for every player in the club. Of course he came close against Barcelona in 2006 and for his career it would be really important.”
Elsewhere, Silva is relishing watching former Barcelona team-mates Alexis Sanchez and Neymar go head-to-head, as Brazil take on Chile in a friendly at the Emirates.
“It is really good when you have a game where both sides have these great players that go against each other; they are very attractive and can produce the football people want to watch,” added Silva, the first man to score in the Emirates stadium.
Of course, Brazil secured their path to the last eight of last summer’s World Cup with a dramatic penalty shoot-out win over Chile; giving this friendly a little edge.
”Brazil v Chile is on March 29 at 3pm at the Emirates Stadium in London. Tickets are still available from £30 Adults/£15 Concessions at www.arsenal.com/tickets