Gilberto Silva Still ‘Sad’ About 2006 Champions Final Defeat
Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says he still has regrets about the Gunners’ 2006 Champions League final defeat against Barcelona.
The Brazilian was a key member of the side that got to the final that year and, despite a glittering career which saw him win a Premier League, two FA Cups, a Copa Libertadores and a World Cup, the Champions League Final still bothers him.
“It was disappointing that we didn’t do better in Europe,” he told FourFourTwo magazine. “We had a team good enough to have challenged for the Champions League, but that’s football – sometimes things don’t go your way, even when the odds are favourable for you.
“I still feel a little bit sad talking about the Champions League, because we were so close to winning it in 2006 and ended up losing to Barcelona in the dying minutes.
“Arsene Wenger did a fantastic job keeping together a side with so many individual talents. He managed to earn our respect without having to fight with anyone, and all of the players admired him.”