LONDON: Arsene Wenger says midfielder Gilberto will continue to wear the captain’s armband for Arsenal this season.
The veteran Brazilian is away on an extended break following his exploits in the Copa America this summer, and is set to sit out the start of the new domestic season as a result.
In his absence, William Gallas and Kolo Toure are expected to be the most likely candidates to lead the side who will compete this weekend in the Emirates Cup, which also features Inter Milan, Valencia and Paris St Germain.
Gilberto, 31, stood in for Thierry Henry when the then skipper was out last season.
With his talisman now moved on to Barcelona, Wenger is more than happy to allow the experienced Brazilian to continue leading by example.
“The captain last year was Gilberto and there is no reason to take it away from him,” said the Arsenal boss.
“At the moment in some games it is Gallas and some games it is Kolo because I feel that the centreback position is the best one from which to captain the teams.
“Those three will be leaders of the team for the season and whoever plays will captain the team.
“We are a very young side and the experienced players have a big part to play, that is why I try to multiply the influence of the big players.” – AFP