Gilberto relishing captaincy
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal's Gilberto has spoken of his pride at being handed the captain's armband.
Arsenal midfielder Gilberto has spoken of his pride at being handed the captain's armband in the absence of Thierry Henry.
Much has been made of Henry's standing at Emirates Stadium following the reported spat he has had with manager Arsene Wenger, over the neck injury that has ruled him out for the foreseeable future, but Gilberto is eager for his team-mates to concentrate on matters on the field; rather than off it.
Gilberto has impressed in the games in which he has led Arsenal and it is a responsibility he has revelled in during the past few games.
The Brazilian will lead out his side at Stamford Bridge in Sunday's eagerly anticipated clash against Chelsea, live on Sky Sports 1, confident that his team-mates have belief in his leadership skills.
"I'm enjoying the captaincy. It's a lot more responsibility for me," said Gilberto.
"I'm very proud of myself for being captain of Arsenal.
"It shows Arsene has a lot of belief in me. I try to help the team, even when I'm not on the pitch, so that they can do the best they can.
"Most of the time the players respond to me on the pitch when I talk to them."