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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Gilberto Silva dropped from Brazil captaincy

By Aries

Poor Gilberto Silva. He has been a fantastic success for Arsenal since his transfer from Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. He has during these years won Premiership and FA Cup medals in England and was a world Cup winner just prior to his transfer to Arsenal.

He even assumed the captaincy of Arsenal during Thierry Henry’s forced absence due to injury in the second half of last season’s campaign scoring ten goals in the process.

But he was “unlucky” to have been called up this summer to play for Brazil in the Copa America as captain of his national side, an honour he was very proud of.

He captained them to their seventh Copa America triumph, although he was suspended for the Final against Argentina.

Unfortunately for him it clashed with the opening of the new premiership 2007/2008 season and Arsene Wenger began to use Mathieu Flamini in his place.

Flamini proved to be a revelation. So much that Gilberto has been relegated to the bench for almost all of Arsenal’s Premiership games this season.

And to add insult to injury Wenger went one step further and relieved him of the captaincy handing the role to William Gallas.

And now the final insult: Dunga, the Brazil coach, has announced during the press conference ahead of the game against Sweden at the Emirates that Bayern’s Lucio will be the captain for tonight.

“The captain will be Lúcio. But Gilberto Silva will always be a captain in the Brazilian selection” he said trying to relieve the blow.

Gilberto has been considering leaving Arsenal in the summer but for the moment he is concentrating on the next game:

About my future I'll see what happens. I'll just concentrate, work hard to play, to be in the squad, to help, because it's an important moment for Arsenal. It has been difficult, but I have not given up. Maybe I can have my chance before the season finishes."

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

In fact, Lucio is Brasil captain. He missed Copa America because injury and Gilberto was captain, but he has returned and leads the country.
But Gilberto is a good professional and champion nevertheless

Anonymous said...

It is tough on Gilberto but it is the way of the football world. You get injured or you are away on international duty, somebody steps in to cover for you and plays so well that he can't be left out. That is just the way it is. As Arsene himself said, in reference to the Lehmann/Almunia situation, if someone comes in and plays better, then you cannot leave him out, otherwise he will think what's the point?; no matter how well I play, I won't get selected. How would a person in that position ever be motivated? It's now up to Gilberto to take any chance to show that he is better than Flamini but, so far, he hasn't come near to doing that.

jcb said...

i agree with anon 3.44

sell gilberto save his huge salary get a few million pounds transfer fee and promote diaby and song to first team duty. no need to buy in.

1979gooner said...

how would you deal with the absence of Sagna?

http://anotherarsenalblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/bad-news-regards-bacary-sagna.html

1979gooner said...

how would you deal with the absence of Sagna?

http://anotherarsenalblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/bad-news-regards-bacary-sagna.html

1979gooner said...

how would you deal with the absence of Sagna?

http://anotherarsenalblog.blogspot.com/2008/03/bad-news-regards-bacary-sagna.html

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