Condition: - 8.5/10 – Excellent (see photos).
Shirt Size: - Adults Extra Extra Large
Chest Measurement: - 46-48 Inches / 117-125 CM
Shirt Manufacturer: - Nike
Shirt Colour: - Navy blue, red trim
Shirt Material: - Polyester
Seasons: - 2002/2003
Player: - Gilberto
Patches: - 2001/02 Premier League Champions
Official Nike Arsenal away long sleeve football shirt from the 2002/2003 season. Complete with Gilberto #19 on the back of the shirt in Premier League lettering and Premier League Champions patches on the sleeves.
Condition of this vintage football shirt is 8.5/10 – Excellent (see photos).
Fantastic looking shirt, ideal for a collector or for framing. A classic player and a great piece of football memorabilia.
Gilberto's performance in the 2002 FIFA World Cup caught the attention of many coaches. Gilberto expressed a desire to move to England, saying, "It would be fantastic to play against the likes of David Beckham again." As a result, FA Premier League clubs Aston Villa and Arsenal led the chase to sign him. In August, while still under contract to Atlético Mineiro, Gilberto joined Arsenal on their pre-season tour of Austria; while he had not yet signed for Arsenal the deal looked set to go ahead. However, complications arose when a transfer embargo was placed on Atlético Mineiro due to unpaid wages to some players at the club, including Gilberto.
There was also an issue of obtaining a UK work permit for Gilberto. Despite the complications, Gilberto ended a summer of speculation and joined Arsenal on 7 August 2002 for a fee of £4.5 million. Upon signing Gilberto, Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger said, "What I like was the fact that he kept things simple. He can play all across the midfield but the holding role just in front of the defence is what he does best."