William Gallas Puts His Own Reputation Before Arsenal’sBy: Daryl | November 20th, 2008
William Gallas’s Arsenal captaincy has been questioned more than once recently, and with good reason. Last season’s centre circle sit-down (pictured) comes to mind. And now – with Arsenal’s title chances looking slimmer than Peter Crouch on a diet – Gallas has finally cracked and spilled all kinds of beans about internal arguments at Arsenal.
Here’s what he told the press:
“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.”
Yes, William, complaining about your teammates is a bad idea. Especially to the press. Which is what you just did.
Worse, he comes as close to naming names as you can get without actually naming names:
“I am trying to defend myself a bit without giving names. Otherwise I’m taking it all (the blame). It’s very frustrating,” he said. “I’m 31, the player is six years younger than me.”
So, calculators out, 31-6=25. A quick flick through the Arsenal squad reveals just
three four players aged 25: Eduardo, Robin van Persie Emmanuel Eboue, and Bacary Sagna. With Eduardo out injured that only leaves the other three. So now either van Persie, Eboue or Sagna is going to hate William Gallas’s guts.
Gallas also revealed there was a bustup at halftime in the recent Arsenal 4-4 Spurs London derby, and claimed that the team need to be “warriors” and “soldiers”. Any military cliche will do.
He probably thinks he’s shaking things up with this crazy outburst, but for me it’s just more proof that he’s not captain material. Especially because he seems more interested in saving his own reputation than the team’s. Can you imagine Tony Adams saying any of the above?