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Arsene Wenger admits he is pleased that stand-in Arsenal captain Gilberto is finally getting the accolades he deserves.

The Brazilian international has for so long been the unsung hero for The Gunners, but in Thierry Henry's absence the holding midfielder has come to the fore.

As well as fulfilling a leadership role, the man nicknamed 'The Invisible Wall' has stepped out of the goalscoring shadows by registering an unheralded tally of six goals in his last eight Premiership games.

With Gilberto now attracting the plaudits on a weekly basis, and again following his goal in the 2-1 win over Watford, Wenger is pleased that his astute acquisition from Atletico Mineiro is now receiving the attention his performances merit.

"Gilberto was tremendous [against Watford]. He scored the first goal but as well he was intelligent and dictated the game in the middle of the park," Wenger told the club's official website.

"Finally he gets the credit he deserves, which after four years is good.

"He is a guy who always plays with one or two touches but when you have no armband people don't usually see that.

"The first alert was when he was out for three months [during the 2004/2005 season] and we had problems winning games.

"When he came back we won again and people realised how important these kind of players are."