An Arsenal player between 1999 and 2001, Sylvinho will face his old team Sunday in the Emirates Cup. Read an excerpt of our interview with the Lyon coach below - and watch our full chat with Sylvinho on OL Play.
RETURN TO ARSENAL
"I had the chance to see the new Arsenal stadium many years ago. It was with Manchester City, but I stayed on the bench, I didn't play. But when I talk about Arsenal, it's always something special for me. It's a kind of homecoming. It's a good feeling."
"Arsene Wenger is a high class coach. He was like that for 22 years at Arsenal. That kind of thing doesn't exist anymore, it's too difficult. We can say that he's of a different breed of coaches. I learned a lot from him. He's a gentleman. He's a great man.
"Things inevitably change after the departure of a coach who was at the club for 22 years. You have to change things, start over. It's not easy. But Arsenal is a great club, a beautiful club that has all my respect."
Source: Olympique Lyonnais