Gilberto namechecks Kanu as he discusses Arsenal Invincibles team with very talented players

Published: September 05, 2023
Gilberto namechecks Kanu as he discusses Arsenal Invincibles team with very talented players

2002 World Cup-winning midfielder with Brazil's national team, Gilberto Silva namechecked Super Eagles legend Nwankwo Kanu as he discussed the Arsenal Invincibles team that clinched the Premier League in the 2003-2004 season. 


The Gunners, coached by the legendary Arsene Wenger, won the Premier League without tasting defeat, winning 26 matches and drawing twelve, and playing good football along the way. 


Arsenal's unbeaten streak continued for another nine games the following season, which, added to another two from the 2002-2003 campaign, increased their unbeaten run to 49 games, a Premier League record that will be difficult to match.


Gilberto underlined that the Arsenal squad had some very talented players such as Kanu, Robert Pires, Fredrik Ljunberg, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Sylvain Wiltord. 


In what was Kanu's final season at Highbury, the Super Eagles legend was a bit-part player but still managed to make ten appearances in the Premier League, three of which he started. 


"I loved it. I absolutely loved it, because it was my job. It's very easy when you have a very good team with very talented players," Gilberto said to Arsenal's official webpage.


"The players we had in that team, with the stature they had. Players like Thierry, Robert Pires, Freddie, Dennis, Kanu, Wiltord – at some point you want to go to the playground as well!


"That’s quite normal, but for me it was about understanding what was my role in the team."


In a five-year spell at Arsenal, Kanu played 198 games, scored 44 goals, and won two league titles, two FA Cups and the FA Charity Shield. 



Ifeanyi Emmanuel 



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