Gilberto Silva is pleased to see former Arsenal teammate Patrick Vieira sign with Manchester City.

Panathinaikos midfielder Gilberto, 33, says Vieira can resurrect his career at Manchester City and force his way back into the France squad for next summer.

Gilberto said: "I thought Patrick would join Arsenal because he is so well loved there but the fact he has gone to Manchester City shows he is determined to win back his place with France.

"No-one can doubt that Patrick was a sensational player. He did not have a great time in Italy with Inter Milan but has got a lot to offer with his experience and ability.

"I think it will be a different style of football and also a new challenge at City. But I'm still quite sure that Patrick will get a great reception when he returns to Arsenal with City."