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Gilberto in 20.7 seconds! Where are the Arsenal team that helped make Champions League history at PSV now?

12:30 PM IST 20/10/22
Gilberto Silva Arsenal PSV 2002
The Gunners didn't waste any time getting off the mark when they travelled to Eindhoven in 2002, and will be hoping for a similar result on Thursday

It was a moment that saw Gilberto Silva write his name into the Champions League history books.

When Arsenal took on PSV on September 25, 2002, Arsene Wenger’s side were expecting a tough night against the Dutch outfit. But from the moment Gilberto struck after just 20.7 seconds, the Gunners were in cruise control.

They went on to win 4-0 at the PSV Stadion, with Gilberto’s volley from Thierry Henry’s cross breaking the previous record for the fastest-ever Champions League goal, which had been set by Alessandro Del Piero for Juventus against Manchester United.

The Brazilian’s record has gone on to be beaten since, but it’s still a moment he cherishes when he looks back on his long and illustrious career.

“It was a very happy moment,” he said. “When I knew it was the fastest goal in the competition’s history, I was amazed by the news. After, it was broken and it broke my heart a little bit!”

So now, 20 years on, where are the Arsenal starting XI that featured in that historic match? GOAL takes a look..

  • David Seaman

    David Seaman

    A true Arsenal legend, Seaman won eight major trophies with the Gunners and made 564 appearances before leaving for Manchester City in 2003.

    He called time on his playing days soon after and there haven’t been many TV shows that Seaman hasn’t popped up on since.

    From Dancing on Ice to ‘Carp fishing with Seaman and Gazza’, the 59-year-old has done them all.

    Still one of the nation’s favourite sporting personalities, Seaman often does football pundit work and also spends time working with goalkeepers at the Arsenal academy.

  • Lauren Arsenal 2004

    Lauren

    What a player! An absolute warrior on the football field, Lauren is still revered at Arsenal to this day.

    He won two Premier League titles during his time in north London and was a key figure in the legendary 2003-04 Invincibles side.

    After leaving Arsenal, he had spells with Portsmouth and Cordoba before retiring in 2010.

    He now represents Arsenal as a club ambassador and works as a football pundit on Spanish TV. Lauren also has a role working as a FIFA technical expert for talent development within African football.

  • Sol Campbell | Arsenal

    Sol Campbell

    Former Spurs star Campbell was a colossus for Arsenal after he crossed the north London divide in 2002.

    The ideal replacement for Tony Adams, who was coming to the end of his career, Campbell slotted seamlessly into the back four and helped Arsene Wenger’s side win both the Premier League and the FA Cup in his first season.

    Campbell was then the bedrock of the defence for the Invincibles campaign and formed an exceptional partnership with Kolo Toure.

    In all, he made 146 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal before leaving for Portsmouth in 2006.

    He has had spells in management since hanging up his boots, with Macclesfield Town and most recently Southend United.

  • Martin Keown | Arsenal

    Martin Keown

    Keown is now known as a football pundit and makes regular appearances on the likes of talkSPORT and BT Sport.

    He did briefly move into coaching after retiring as a player, working with Arsenal for a time. He was also briefly part of the scouting team under Arsene Wenger.

    As a player, Keown won three league titles during his two spells with Arsenal.

    His final game for the club was against Leicester City in 2004 when Arsene Wenger’s side completed their legendary Invincibles season.

  • Ashley Cole Arsenal

    Ashley Cole

    It’s still painful for Arsenal fans to think about Ashley Cole. A lot of time may have passed since his move to Chelsea in 2006, but that has not seen the scars caused by his acrimonious exit disappear.

    Cole went on to do great things with the Blues, winning league titles, FA Cups and the Champions League. He was also widely known as the best left-back in the world for a time.

    Cole now works on Frank Lampard’s coaching staff at Everton.

  • Gilberto Silva Arsenal Premier League 04292007

    Gilberto Silva

    The man who scored the goal against PSV after just 20.7 seconds!

    Gilberto wrote his name into the Arsenal history books for many reasons during his time in north London. As well as that record-breaking Champions League strike, he was of course part of the Invincibles, and he also scored the first competitive goal by an Arsenal player at the Emirates Stadium when he struck against Aston Villa on the opening day of the 2006-07 season.

    As well as doing football punditry work nowadays, Gilberto also works as a football agent - counting Manchester United midfielder Fred as one of clients.

  • Patrick Vieira Arsenal

    Patrick Vieira

    From the moment Patrick Vieira came off the bench to make his Arsenal debut against Sheffield Wednesday at Highbury in 1996, it was clear the Gunners had signed someone special.

    The Frenchman went on to win three Premier League titles while he at the club and was the captain of the Invincibles.

    A midfield colossus, Vieira provided protection to the back four while at the same time driving forward at every opportunity to link up with the attack.

    One of the finest players ever to play for Arsenal, he made 279 Premier League appearances before leaving for Juventus in 2005. He then had spells at Inter and Manchester City before retiring and moving into coaching.

    Vieira was appointed as the manager of MLS side New York City FC, where he worked for two seasons, before taking over Ligue 1 side Nice as their head coach. 

    He was unveiled as Crystal Palace's new manager in 2021.

  • Frederik Ljungberg Arsenal 05122001

    Freddie Ljungberg

    The only Arsenal Invincible who has gone on to manage the club, albeit only briefly.

    Ljungberg was a legend as a player for Arsenal. Signed as a relative unknown from Halmstad in 1998, he scored on his debut against Manchester United and never looked back.

    He went on to spend nine years in north London, winning two Premier titles and three FA Cups before going to West Ham.

    After retiring as a player, Ljungberg returned to Arsenal as a youth coach and enjoyed a successful spell in charge of the Under-23s. He then took charge of the senior side on an interim basis for five games in December 2019 following the dismissal of Unai Emery.

    Ljungberg joined Mikel Arteta’s coaching staff after the Spaniard was appointed as Emery’s long-term successor, but left the club in August 2020.

    The 45-year-old still harbours hopes of returning to management, but has spent the past couple of years making a career in the media as a TV pundit.

  • Sylvain Wiltord Arsenal

    Sylvain Wiltord

    The man who famously scored the goal that won Arsenal the Premier League title at Old Trafford in 2002, Wiltord may not have hit the heights of some of the other legendary Frenchman to play for the Gunners during the Arsene Wenger era, but that goal alone is enough to ensure his name will forever be etched in club folklore.

    Wiltord was very much a bit-part player by the time the Invincibles campaign rolled around in 2003-04, but he still played his part in what was his final season in north London.

    After leaving, he spent eight years in France, playing for the likes of Lyon, Marseille and Nantes before retiring.

    He now works as a sports consultant back in his homeland.

  • Thierry Henry Arsenal

    Thierry Henry 

    Arsenal’s all-time record goalscorer, few could have imagined what Thierry Henry would go on to achieve when Arsene Wenger brought him to north London after a disappointing spell with Juventus.

    But having been converted to a centre-forward by Wenger, Henry turned into arguably the greatest player the Premier League has ever seen.

    He scored 175 league goals in 258 games, while also providing 74 assists. Henry won two league titles, four Golden Boots and was named Premier League Player of the Season twice.

    Henry currently works as Roberto Martinez’s assistant with the Belgium national side. He has had unsuccessful spells as head coach of Monaco and Montreal Impact.

    The World Cup winner with France also does lots of work as a football pundit on TV.

  • Dennis Bergkamp Arsenal

    Dennis Bergkamp

    Nobody has ever better described Dennis Bergkamp's influence on Arsenal than Ian Wright. “He was the best signing the club ever made,” the striking legend enthused. “He changed the DNA of the club."

    Bergkamp arrived at Arsenal from Inter in 1995 and stayed for 11 years. He won three Premier League titles and was named the league’s best player in 1998. He scored 87 goals in 315 appearances and chipped in with 94 assists.

    The Dutchman retired at Arsenal and is deservedly now cast in bronze outside the Emirates in the form of a statue.

    Bergkamp has not had a job in football since 2017, when he left Ajax after several years working as a youth-team coach.

  • Pascal Cygan Arsenal 2004

    Sub: Pascal Cygan

    Cygan spent four years at Arsenal between 2002 and 2006, winning the Premier League title in 2004.

    The French centre-back was never able to cement his place in the side and left for Villarreal, before ending his career with Cartagena.

    He has not been involved in football since retiring.

  • Nwankwo Kanu 2000

    Sub: Kanu

    A man who has done just as much off the pitch as he did on it, Kanu was a genius with a ball at his feet and will always be a club legend at Arsenal.

    But the incredible work he has done with the Kanu Heart Foundation since retiring is even more impressive than any of his incredible achievements as a footballer.

    The Kanu Heart Foundation has saved hundreds of children’s lives and continues to make a difference to those needing help across Africa.

  • Kolo Toure Arsenal Premier League

    Sub: Kolo Toure 

    Toure’s name in the Arsenal history books is assured thanks to the starring role he played alongside Sol Campbell in the Invincibles season.

    He went on to play for Manchester City, Liverpool and Celtic before retiring and moving into coaching.

    After a spell within the Ivory Coast set-up, he joined Celtic in 2017. Toure is currently at Leicester City, as part of Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff.