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Gallas outburst rocks Arsenal

SoccerNews in English Premier League 20 Nov 2008


Arsenal captain William Gallas has launched an astonishing attack on the club's bickering young guns.

Gallas, 31, claims he had to break up several dressing room bust-ups between Arsenal players, including a half-time row in the recent 4-4 draw against Tottenham.

The France defender has been disgusted to see his team-mates turn on each other as the pressure of their spluttering title challenge starts to take its toll and he has told them they must show more maturity.

“There are things that can't be said and can't be tolerated,” Gallas said on the Times website. “When, as captain, some players come up to you and talk to you about a player … complaining about him … and then during the match you speak to this player and the player in question insults us.

“There comes a time where we can no longer comprehend how this can happen.

“I am trying to defend myself a bit without giving names. Otherwise I'm taking all the blame. It's very frustrating. I'm 31, the player is six years younger than me.

“There was a problem at half-time at Tottenham.The only thing that I could say at half-time was 'Guys, we resolve these problems after the match, not at half-time.'”

Gallas also believes the youngsters emerging into Arsene Wenger's team lack the stomach required to cope with physical matches and fears that lack of fortitude could shatter their already faint title hopes.

“We are not brave enough in battle,” Gallas said. “I think we need to be soldiers. We have to be warriors. There are teams who can do it well against us, and we have to be able to face up to these attacks.

“We are coming up against teams who are not scared to play football against us, who are not scared to take us on at our place, and this is becoming dangerous for Arsenal.”

Gallas has yet to win a trophy since moving to Arsenal from London rivals Chelsea in 2006 and the Gunners are nine points behind league leaders Chelsea are losing four matches already this season.

The centre-back is growing increasingly frustrated by the team's failure to challenge for silverware.

“I have to win something this year. I have to win something, Arsenal has to win something,” Gallas said. “It's four or five years since Arsenal won anything. That's nearly five years, and that's not good.

“For me the title is not over, it's true that we are nine points behind Chelsea, but you have to be optimistic and you can't give up.

“Four defeats is a lot, but it's a long season. I think it will be very tight this year and we will have to hope that Chelsea draw a few games and have a few defeats.”


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If what being reported here is true, I think Gallas is not a good captain. As a captain, he should always motivate his team mates instead of criticize them.


Adebayor must be the one. He is not for the team. When he scores, he points to his name on the back of his kit, then to his Togo wrist band. The last time he pointed to the Arsenal crest was in the beginning of the season because he wanted to get the fans off his back. We can sell him for upwards of 30m pounds, and if Man City want him we can probably get some stupid amount like 50m pounds. Eduardo will be back soon, Vela is class. Sell Ade and use the money to bolster the squad… Read more »

Taiwo Bolaji
Taiwo Bolaji

Gallas is not a good leader on and off, he does not possess any leadership charisma

Enujuba ice p
Enujuba ice p

Gallas does not look like a player to me talkless of a captain,if not for the “french thing” he is not fit to be a gunners player. He should be sold on auction & the captaincy be given to the deserved person ‘Toure’

Enujuba ice p
Enujuba ice p

Messi to me should be crowned world player of the year.His mesmerising skills is out of this world.He inspired Argentina to win the olympics & i think he is in the best form in his life.He can’t be compared to Christiano who does not perform on big games.I think i concor with Kaka to crown the young & energetic Messi his Successor.

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