ARSENAL legend Gilberto Silva has delivered a surprising verdict on Arsene Wenger.
Many Arsenal supporters and pundits have called for Wenger to end his 22-year reign in north London.
A failure to challenge the Premier League title, coupled with missing out on Champions League football, has caused unrest amongst fans.
Gilberto, who played for the Gunners between 2002 and 2006, was part of the Invincibles side during Wenger’s peak time as manager.
But even the former midfielder failed to back the Frenchman in continuing beyond this season.
However, the Brazilian did say that he wanted his ex-boss to bow out on good terms with the club after all he has achieved.
“Everybody in the media talks about if it is time for him to go or stay,” Gilberto told Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“Has he lost the appetite? I don’t think it is about this.
“I think it important that all the people there and in the club support him for as long as he stays.
“I have worked with Wenger for such a long time and he knows the men quite a lot.
“As I know Arsene, he is a person that loves the game and he has a hunger to win things.
“He sacrifices himself for the players and for the club.
“At the moment it is hard for him but he is trying the best way he can to handle the pressure.