English Premiership

Gabriel reveals Gilberto inspiration

2015-02-05 10:39
Gabriel (arsenal.com)
Cape Town - Gabriel wants to live up to the sky-high standards set by Gilberto as he embarks on his own Arsenal career.

The centre back joined a select band of Brazilians when he joined the Gunners in January, following in the footsteps of Sylvinho and Edu as well as the 2002 World Cup winner.

Gilberto made 244 appearances for Arsenal and Gabriel explained why he became a inspiration to him when he spoke after completing his move to Emirates Stadium.

"I remember Gilberto Silva because he was always with the Brazilian national team," Gabriel told Arsenal Player.

"He was a mirror for every Brazilian player and every child, who looked up to Gilberto Silva as a reference. He was an influence for many players, not only Brazilians but players around the world.

"I could see that he was a major element here, he really helped the team, he really is a player I want to emulate because of his type of work and his will to help his team-mates, his will to win as a true Brazilian.

"To me he’s a mirror, so I will always take many good things I saw in him and take it to the pitch, and off the pitch as well, because I think he was an excellent professional who did many good things.

"I want to be like him, to be able to do the most I can to help everyone."

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