Former Arsenal midfielder Edú Gaspar has given a very nice interview to ESPN Brasil this Thursday, where he recalled the three seasons he spent at the club.
The ex-player said some interesting bits on Arsene Wenger, who ‘treated him like a son’ during the difficult time he had during his arrival to London.
Asked about Arsenal’s squad at that time, the midfielder is still proud to have lined up alongside such great teammates: “In my time at Arsenal I had the opportunity to play alongside Bergkamp, Henry, Pires, Vieira, Ljungberg, Ashley Cole, Lehmann… it was a fantastic team”.
Still commenting on the best players he worked with, Gaspar named three of them: “Thierry Henry was a guy who impressed me too. He was by far in the best time of his career, competing among the best in the world.”
“Bergkamp was the elegance in person. Personally speaking, I was a hell of a guy, too. To play alongside Bergkamp was amazing.”
“In my position, Patrick Vieira was one of the best athletes with whom I lived, played and watched as well. He was a very complete defensive midfielder and a very nice guy as a person too.”
Edú Gaspar played for Arsenal between 2002 and 2005, having arrived from Corinthians and then leaving to Valencia. He won two Premier Leagues, three FA Cups and two Community Shields for the Gunners.
The midfielder was also part of Arsenal’s unbeaten team, who famously went 49 games without a loss in the league, eventually losing 2-0 to Manchester United.
The 38-year-old retired in 2011 and is currently the Brazilian National Team’s coordinator.