Former Arsenal star Gilberto Silva has called for Arsene Wenger to bring his long reign at Arsenal to an end after this season.

The future of the Gunners manager has been put into serious doubt following disappointing results in the Premier League and Champions League.

Wenger has remained defiant as rumours continue to link him with a departure but Gilberto Silva, who was part of the last Arsenal team to win the league in 2004, has called for the Frenchman to finally step down.

“I feel that the time has come,” Gilberto said, as quoted by the Daily Express

“The more the past is coming to a close, the more his time is coming – not because he can’t do the job any longer, but, perhaps because the other clubs have changed their way of working, the way of doings things.

“He hasn’t changed much, he hasn’t changed his way of working – not because he doesn’t want to, but it is not so easy to compete with clubs who spend a lot of money every season.

“He has been in the Premier League longer than those coaches [Conte, Guardiola and Klopp].

“Wenger has spent a lot more years than them in the Premier League. They are younger and motivated.

“They have a lot of energy to look around and source ways to win against Wenger.

“He has his own way of working, in which he believes. Irrespective of whether you are either a young or an old coach, you have to believe in something, and that’s what he does.”

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