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CM – Gilberto Silva

Gilberto Silva
LONDON – AUGUST 19: Gilberto (C) of Arsenal celebrates with team mates Kolo Toure (L) and Alexander Hleb (R) after scoring the equalising goal during the Barclays Premiership match between Arsenal and Aston Villa at The Emirates Stadium on August 19, 2006 in London, England. (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)

Good old Gilberto, dubbed “the invisible wall” in his native Brazil, was a rock during his days in the Arsenal midfield.

While he was never much of a goalscorer, the Brazilian was able to provide some immense support for the defence with his tight man-marking skills.

Arsenal have unfortunately never really been able to fill the gap ever since Gilberto left in 2008.