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."