Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has advised Felipe Melo to jump at the chance of signing for the Gunners.
Melo has been linked with a move from Fiorentina to Emirates Stadium this summer, but last week his spokesman told skysports.com the player is settled in Italy.
However, rumours of interest from Arsenal continue to linger, with the powerful midfielder capping off a fine domestic campaign with success at the 2009 Confederations Cup.
Brazil international Gilberto, who left the Gunners for Panathinaikos last summer, has spoken with his compatriot Melo and suggested he should sign for Arsenal.
"We heard rumours and he asked me. I said it's a fantastic club and if he's interested he should go without thinking," said Gilberto.
"He is exactly what they need - a powerful player with quality.
"If they got him it would be great because he is a player they need at the moment.
"I'm sure if they got him it would be a good signing. I have told him Arsenal is a great club and I am sure next season they will improve."