The Brazilian champions of the Premier League with Arsenal

The Gunners haven't won the title of the competition since the 2003/04 season, in which two Canarinhos were in the squad
Josué Seixas
2023-03-13 19:40:21

The ‘Premier League era’ began in the 1992-93 season and since then Arsenal have won the cup on three occasions: 1997/98, 2001/02 and 2003/04. The next achievement of the London club could be in this edition, after all, it occupies the first position – with 63 points – with 12 rounds to go.

The team commanded by Mikel Arteta has three Brazilians in the squad: Gabriel Jesus, Gabriel Magalhães and Gabriel Martinelli. In case of success, they will repeat the feat of Edu Gaspar and Gilberto Silva, two of the greatest ‘Canarinhos’ in European football. The duo, by the way, had an important participation in the undefeated campaign of 2003/04 (26 wins and 12 draws).

Edu Gaspar

The current sporting director of Arsenal started his professional career defending Corinthians and decided to go to English football in the 2000/01 season. In the following season, he began to receive opportunities from former coach Arsène Wenger, being responsible for a goal and an assist in the journey that culminated in the Premier League title.

In 2003/04, the former player was consolidated as one of the main options in the squad, being used in 30 matches for the national competition: two goals and two assists in 30 appearances. In the following years, the Brazilian defended Valencia and hung up his boots in the place where he started his career: Corinthians.

  • 127 games: 15 goals and six assists
  • Titles: FA Cup (01/02, 02/03 and 04/05), Premier League (01/02, 03/04), FA Super Cup (2003)

Gilberto Silva

Unlike Edu, the also former midfielder did not participate in the trophy won in 2000/01, as he arrived the following season. The former athlete, revealed by América-MG, was the absolute holder of the undefeated title, being used in 32 games (four goals and four decisive passes). There was so much prestige with Wenger that he was even chosen as captain on one occasion: 1-1 against Charlton.

Known by the English as The Invisible Wall (The Invisible Wall), the former playmaker is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the Gunners, where he remained for six seasons. After leaving, he defended Panathinaikos (Greece), Grêmio and Atlético-MG (the last club of his career).

  • 243 games: 24 goals and 14 assists
  • Titles: FA Cup (02/03 and 04/05), Premier League (03/04), FA Super Cup (2003 and 2005)