Gilberto was one of the star performers last season in a miserable campaign for Arsenal. He led the team well in Thierry Henry’s absence and even scored more than 10 goals. His first contribution to the season was the equaliser against Aston Villa in Arsenal’s first game at thier new home, the Emirates Stadium.
When Henry left the club in the summer, everyone thought he would be automatic choice for captain. Gilberto at the mean time, was on national duty with Brazil at the Copa America. They won it and it was a huge honour for Gilberto as he was the captain.
However, the bad news came when the manager, Arsene Wenger appointed Gallas as the new captain, much to some’s surprise and to other’s horror. It was reported Gilberto did not know about it until he read it himself on Arsenal.com.
Now he is considered a fringe player and when he does start, he has bad games like the ones against Sevilla and Middlesbrough. It is coming to the end of a great footballing career of a great player. However, here at thegoonerforum Blog, we analyse the mistakes Gilberto made that turned a possible dream into a downfall.
One big mistake he made this season was probably not skipping the Copa America. Yes, no doubt he won it as captain but it led to 2 things :
1) He won’t be available for the first month of the season, so Flamini came in. Of course, Gilberto could not be blamed to be thinking once he gets back, he’ll get his place back in the team. Noone thought Flamini would be this good.
2) Wenger wanted a captain from the beginning of the season, not a vice-captain to temporarily take over. We saw how Gilberto did last season and when Henry came back, the team’s performances didn’t improve and the change in captaincy was confusing as players believed more in Gilberto’s leadership but Henry had the armband. Therefore, he appointed Gallas.
This two points have led to Gilberto being dropped and no longer automatic first choice. His time is nearly up, and if he still fancies a football career, should move on. Good luck Gilberto !
reported by Sp1r0r
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