Gilberto played in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Sparta Prague on Tuesday, and started the game wearing the captains armband.
As a groin-injury precaution, Arsenal captain Thierry Henry was on the bench. Vice captain Dennis Bergkamp didn’t fly to Prague because he is afraid of aeroplanes. Third in command Sol Campbell was out injured.
It left Silva with the responsibility of captain – and the chance to repay Wenger’s faith in his “leadership qualities”.
And he did. Very well. Until Henry was substituted on. After 22 minutes.
Henry scored twice – breaking Ian Wright’s Arsenal scoring record. He scored the first one, interestingly enough, without the captains arm band, but after Gilberto realised the quality of Henry’s goal, he handed over the armband to the official club captain.
Here is a photo of Henry scoring his first goal:
Here is a photo of Henry scoring his second goal: (note the armband this time)