Arsenal could suffer from Arsene Wenger’s exit and struggle like Manchester United after Sir Alex Ferguson, warns Gilberto Silva
Dailymail-Gilberto Silva has warned Arsenal could face the same malaise as Manchester United when Arsene Wenger leaves the club.
The former central midfielder, part of the 2003-04 Invincibles, is disappointed at the continued criticism of Wenger, whose contract runs out at the end of this season.
Silva suggested Arsenal supporters might be in for a shock once Wenger departs, claiming they only need to look at United’s demise after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.
Arsene at this time is facing a lot of criticism for the way the team play and they haven’t got the trophies,’ Silva said.
‘But if people see the entire job he has done for the club, it has been amazing. I hope people do realise that, because when he leaves the club at some point it won’t be so easy to replace him.
‘You can see, for example, at Manchester United where it’s not been so easy to replace Sir Alex Ferguson. It’s important for Arsene and for the club to start to prepare somebody for when he leaves.
‘I don’t know if it will be this season as his contract is expiring. He loves the game, he loves what he does and he loves the club.’
Silva was the destructive force in Arsenal’s midfield alongside Patrick Vieira and believes Wenger’s intervention has changed the club for good.
The Frenchman has been in north London for two decades now but that milestone has been reached with a backdrop of infighting by supporters over a lack of trophies.
‘As a football manager, to stay in a club for 20 years you have to congratulate the guy for achieving such an important thing in his life,’ Silva added.
‘The way he changed the club by bringing new ideas and helping bring in good players for the club, that meant they got the results everyone expected. This is not so easy.
‘Sometimes he will make mistakes and when you fail, sometimes people don’t forgive you.’