Gilberto Silva – Arsenal’s ‘Invisible Wall’


Andrew Allen, founder of The Arsenal Collective and deputy editor of Arseblog News, profiles the legendary Gilberto Silva – the ‘Invisible Wall’ who became ‘Invincible’…

In an informal interview conducted seven years ago with his own unofficial fan site, Gilberto Silva was asked what advice he’d pass on to his younger self should the chance hypothetically present itself. Before answering he can be seen pausing for thought before quietly asserting in his delightfully lilting English, “Believe.”

The simplicity of his statement can’t help but make you smile. After all, this is a guy whose path to the top was not so much the stuff of dreams, but a fairy-tale so far-fetched that even the Brothers Grimm might have raised an eyebrow. Continue reading

Edu – Brazilian Invincible and fan favourite


“His name is short, he’s got a fake passport! Edu, Edu!”

Tom Sweetman, writer for ESPN FC, remembers Edu…

Edu left Arsenal in the summer of 2005 a fan favourite, an important member of Arsene Wenger’s squad and with two league titles and three FA Cups to his name. The midfielder arrived, however, as quite a different entity altogether.

Rewind to just four years earlier, April of 2001 to be precise, and the Brazilian was making just his second start for the Gunners since arriving from Corinthians that January. The venue was the much-missed, but never forgotten, Highbury, and high-flying Arsenal were taking on lowly Middlesbrough. Inside 34 minutes, Edu had turned the ball into the back of his own net. Now, take a step back again three months earlier, where at Leicester, the very same player was forced off the Filbert Street pitch, and to end his debut prematurely, due to injury, just 15 minutes after initially coming on as a substitute. Continue reading