Sylvinho: ‘I was the first Brazilian at Arsenal. Highbury was incredible’ | Arsenal

I remember it as if it were still today. A warning repeated to me with musicality, almost like the chants of English fans at matches. “Sylvio. The pace in the Premier League is very high.” In my early days at Arsenal, that was the only thing I understood in English. But I wasn’t worried about the language – I went to London without knowing a word – the food or the English way of life. I knew it would all come. It was just a matter of time.

My only concern was adapting to the pace of the English game. If I wanted to play for Arsenal, I had to do it as quickly as possible. At CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON www.theguardian.com

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