Gilberto Silva: Former Arsenal star says Martin Keown used to shout at him so much he used to dream about it

8 Feb

Gilberto Silva has admitted former Arsenal team-mate Martin Keown would shout at him so much that he would even dream about the former defender giving him an earful!

The pair played alongside each other for two seasons which includes the memorable ‘Invincibles’ campaign in 2003/04 which saw the Gunners go an entire Premier League season unbeaten.

Silva in action for Arsenal in December 2003

And Silva, who played as a defensive midfielder for Arsenal from 2002-08, lifted the lid on what it was like playing alongside the likes of Keown.

On Keown, Silva said to talkSPORT’s Jim White: “The funniest thing for me was to play with Martin Keown because he’d shout ‘Gilberto don’t go, stay, stay, stay.’”

“And after the game when I went to sleep I had Martin in my mind shouting at me!

Keown never hid away from confrontation in his career

Silva also claimed he gave Keown sound advice on how to avoid bookings in the very physical English top flight.

He added: “Once Martin came to me in the dressing room in the morning and said ‘you’re playing in the Premier League and we have played so many games, how come you haven’t had a yellow card? It’s not possible in the Premier League’

“I said ‘Martin, I play the ball THEN I hit the player!’”

Jim then asked Brazilian Silva if he ever found it difficult to understand what Keown was saying, to which Silva replied that ex-Gunners midfielder and talkSPORT host Ray Parlour was more difficult to understand!

‘Mesut Ozil MUST be starting for Arsenal’, says Gilberto Silva

‘Mesut Ozil MUST be starting for Arsenal’, says Invincibles legend Gilberto Silva on talkSPORT

8 Feb

Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva has told Unai Emery he MUST find a place for Mesut Ozil in his team.

The Invincibles hero believes the mercurial playmaker is too good to be left on the bench for Gunners, insisting on talkSPORT he must be played regularly to get the best out of him.

Ozil does not seem to be trusted by his manager, having fallen down the pecking order since Emery’s appointment in the summer.

Ozil has been a bit-part player for Arsenal so far this season

The German has only played twice so far in 2019. He has worn the captain’s armband on a number of occasions this season, and yet the 30-year-old has only started 14 games and has regularly been left out of matchday squads by Emery.

But, Arsenal fans have moaned about their lack of creative flair in midfield in recent weeks, having suffered a decline in form since their impressive 22-game unbeaten run was ended by Southampton in December.

And Silva believes Ozil is the answer.

“He has to be on the field,” the Brazilian told talkSPORT host Jim White on Friday.

“A player of his calibre cannot be on the bench, in my opinion.

“People are always trying to find something to talk about Ozil – why is he not playing and when he is playing why is he not playing well?

“This kind of player, you have to give them responsibilities. What’s the best way to give him responsibility? Put him on the field!

“Right now it’s down to the manager. It’s a good challenge for Unai.

“What’s the best set up for the team? Why not find a way for the team to play and find a place for him, where he can be important for the team?

“I think for Arsenal fans its difficult to see him on the bench.”

Listen back to a clip of Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva on talkSPORT above!