Sylvinho ‘Paved Way’ for Gilberto and Edu Gaspar at Arsenal
Former Arsenal left-back Sylvinho has reflected on his impact at Arsenal with Goal.com, suggesting his spell in North London paved the way for the likes of Gilberto Silva and Edu who followed him.
Sylvinho played for Arsenal from 1999-2001, before joining Celta Vigo. Edu Gaspar arrived afterwards in January 2001 and Gilberto Silva joined the Gunners in July 2002. Sylvinho is currently assistant coach for the Brazilian national team, while Edu Gaspar is Head of Selection.
Sylvinho told Goal, “I was the first Brazilian player who signed for Arsenal in the club’s history, then Edu and Gilberto Silva came in. They always tell me that I left an impressive mark and that I paved the way for them to arrive.
“A very interesting opportunity then arose in (Celta) Vigo and, although initially I thought it might be taking a few steps backwards, I did not hesitate and left with the intention of starting again without thinking of reaching a bigger club.”
Sylvinho eventually joined Barcelona, where he won La Liga and the Champions League, before taking in a spell at Manchester City.