Gilberto to miss season start
By James Dall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Gilberto Silva will miss the start of the season.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed that defensive midfielder Gilberto Silva will miss the start of the season.
The Brazilian is currently on holiday following his Copa America success and returns to training on 7th August.
The Gunners kick-off their Premier League campaign at home to Fulham on 12th August but it is doubtful that Gilberto will be anywhere near match-fit.
Gilberto is seen as the most likely candidate to be awarded the captain's armband following Thierry Henry's departure despite Wenger hinting that William Gallas is in contention.
"He will miss the start. He is on a three-week holiday and is back August 7," Wenger told The Sun
Wenger also allayed any fears over Tomas Rosicky's fitness after the playmaker limped off just 30 minutes into the friendly against Salzburg
"We don't think it is serious. He had a tight hamstring and we did not want to take a gamble," Wenger explained to Arsenal TV Online.