By Danny Wright
Gilberto Silva believes that is time that Arsene Wenger called an end to his Arsenal career.
The Arsenal invincible, who spent six years at the club, won two FA cups and was part of the club’s unbeaten Premier League victory in 2003/04, but he has said that football has moved on from what the Frenchman can handle.
The 40-year-old is the latest of a number of former players to offer their thoughts on the future of the Arsenal boss and whether he should continue with the club into next season.
Most of the criticism arose after the Gunners were humiliated by Bayern Munich in a 5-1 loss in the Champions League in February, however the topic has been hot on the lips of everyone once more as Liverpool were the latest team to beat the north London club on Saturday.
“I feel that the time has come,” said Gilberto to Sport360. “The more the past is coming to a close, the more his time is coming – not because he can’t do the job any longer, but, perhaps because the other clubs have changed their way of working, the way of doings things.
“He hasn’t changed much, he hasn’t changed his way of working – not, because he doesn’t want to, but it is not so easy to compete with clubs who spend a lot of money every season.”
Arsenal dropped to fifth after the 3-1 loss to Liverpool on Saturday and if they failed to finish inside the top four, it would be the first time Wenger hasn’t taken his club to Europe’s finest competition in his 21 years in charge.
Gilberto made a total of 242 appearances for the Gunners when he played under Wenger during his time at the club between 2002 and 2008.
Wenger bought the former Brazil international after he impressed during his countries victorious World Cup campaign in Japan and South Korea where he took part in every single minute of action.
In other Arsenal news, Wenger has delivered a no-nonsense update on the future of a 28-year-old attacker.