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Can An Arm Band Do This?

Can An Arm Band  Do This?

The Admin team on Vital Arsenal asked that more Gooners give their detailed opinion so that it may be published for people all over the world to read.

Just two days after asking Vital Arsenal member and good friend Dave (aka Daveski aka Big Dave) provided us with this superb read...

Back in my days of Sixth Form, (for people that dont no what that is, its further education after your last year at school) every holiday period, like Easter, Christmas and Summer Holidays, my old year and the year above us (we got on like Ashley Cole and a mobile phone...) anyway, we would always organise a football match with a return leg. Some people are at uni's all over England, and some just got out of trowbridge.

I always take up my prefered role in football. Central Defensive Midfielder. id always say 'I'll take up my Paddy Vieira role'. Today was different.

'I will marshall it, in my Gilberto Silva Role'....did I really say that?

Quote from last season by daveski on vital arsenal.

'I'm fed up with Gilberto he gives the ball away all the time its so frustrating'

Which was met with a lot of agreements and there was a debate on if he should start all the time.

Thierry Henry's injury was always a cause for concern. Who would lead us? The answer in my view was Kolo Toure. The answer i got was from Thierry Henry at the start of the season...

'Gilberto will be my vice captain this season, he has plenty of experience and is a very important player for us, he keeps the younger players calm and is a rock'

The season didn't begin great for Arsenal on a whole, but the 1st Arsenal goal scorer at our new home in th league was by the number 19 defensive midfielder and vice captain Gilberto Silva.

Since Henry's absence, the captains arm band has been passed to Gilberto.

'I want to show the faith put in me by Arsene Wenger and Thierry by giving my best for Arsenal and to be a great captain in Thierry's absence, I'm honoured to be Arsenal captain.'

In the last 8 games, Gilberto has scored 7 league goals. A phenominal return from a player that has for the last 3 or 4 years has been scoring around 2 a season, I mean what would you expect from a defensive midfielder. He steps in when theres an argument and the Arsenal players listen to him.

Can an arm band form a player from a good player that slopperly gives away alay, to an integral cog in the Arsenal engine?

I believe the faith shown in him to take on the captaincy at a huge club like Arsenal has given Gilberto more than a boost, its revitalised him. He has more to do, and is now a very important figure on the pitch.

Do you think he would be playing the same if he didnt have a band round his arm saying 'CAPTAIN' written on it?

His tracking back is phenominal,I know thats his job, but he is literally everywhere on the pitch at the moment, stopping those goul bound shots, to sticking 1 in the back of the net down the other end. Nearly our top goal scorer this season, keeping us in games with excellent defensive displays, and looking every inch a great captain. What should we expect to see when Thierry is back?

I am in no doubt that Thierry will still be our captain, he still is now, and I know Gilberto has too much respect to even make a fuss. But what will happen if the results dont come for us with Thierry back, then everyone will point back to the Gilberto Silva days.

I feel Thierry will still obviously be captain, but Gilberto will be MUCH more heavily involved. I have every faith Thierry will come back with a bang and our results will get even better even though we are sitting 3rd.


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Tuesday December 26 2006
Time: 11:22PM


good article Dave.. yes i can't believe 7 goals and i never have him in my fantasy league team for that reason, and kicking myself i didn't pick him.. but then is it our formation that is doing this more than the armband ? look at Kanu too, never prolific at arsenal and can't stop scoring now. 3rd btw is looking good, although maybe 2nd is not too far off is cheslki keep dropping points like that to the lesser teams :P
26/12/2006 23:50:00
Good article. A year ago I was asking myself the question 'What happens if TH goes to Barca, or if he gets injured for a longer period?'. I think my question has been answered. It took a few games for this wonderful group of players to realize that they can play, score and win games without the best player in the world (not Cannavaro). Yes, it would be even better to have Titi playing now, but this gives a chance for the youngsters to mature and to take on more responsibility, The question that bothers me right now is: what happens if Gilberto gets tired/injured (God forbid!)? Who steps in? I am perhaps prematurely ruling out Song and Flamster, and Diaby is still out. But who can step in? Gilberto has created some big shoes for someone to fill in at the moment, who ever that may be. My only answer would be Kolo but it's been a while since he played in the defensive midfield. And that would only be possible if Gallas was back. To sum it up, Gilberto Silva is a revelation, inspiration and a reliable figure for those youngsters out there. He has my vote as a captain.
27/12/2006 01:39:00
Gilberto is doing a great job, and is no doubt a senior figure in our dressing room, and everyone looks upto him, but Thierry is still our leader, and we need to get behind him and give him all the support he needs. a team has one person wearing a armband, but there are always 3-4 leaders on the pitch, and we are lucky to have Thierry, Gilberto, Toure, Gallas and Lehmann..
27/12/2006 06:42:00
good article. amazing transformation as a player, and he had a good 2nd half last season. has looked one of our best players so far, and deserves the arm band IMO, even when thierry is back. no disrespect to titi but gilberto has looked calm and unflustered on the field, something that our kids need to see during games.
27/12/2006 18:21:00
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