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PostSubject: vice-captain during    Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:52 am

The buildup of the 2007–08 season saw Arsenal captain Thierry Henry leave the club to join Barcelona.[50] This coupled with the fact that Gilberto was Arsenal's vice-captain during the 2006–07 season led many people to assume that Gilberto would take over Henry's role.[51][52] However, to the surprise of Gilberto,[53] William Gallas was given the captain's armband instead.[54] In August, after returning to Arsenal's pre-season training late due to his involvement in the Copa America tournament (and thus missing the start of the season),[55] Gilberto then lost his place in the first team to in-form midfielder Mathieu Flamini. This reignited speculation linking Gilberto to Italy due to rumours that he was unhappy being on the bench at Arsenal.[56] However, reports that he was being snubbed at the club were dismissed by Wenger, who insisted that Gilberto would remain at Arsenal to fight for his place.[57][58] Despite this, in October 2007, rumours in the press reemerged that Gilberto was angry at Wenger for being asked to play in defence in a Carling Cup game against Sheffield United, and had resultantly refused to play.[59] Gilberto ended up playing the game in midfield though,[60] with he and Wenger both denying rumours of a rift with each other.[61][62] Gilberto subsequently commented that while he was not happy being a substitute, he would remain professional and fight for his place at the club.[63] Also in October, Gilberto ceded the Brazilian captaincy to Lúcio upon his compatriot's return from injury. Though rumours persisted which suggested that Gilberto would leave Arsenal in the January 2008 transfer window,[64] he ended up remaining with the club



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