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Gallas Statement In Full

After a number of news & fans sites have published bits and bats from a statement William Gallas gave to his own personal website, I have decided to give you the statement in full.

Many sites have attempted (intentionally or not) to make it seem as though Gallas is having a dig a Chelsea, looking as though William has basically called Chelsea traditionless with crap fans, but that is not the case.

His statement is one that announces his pride at signing for the Gunners and his eagerness to get cracking in training. He also says it was difficult to leave Chelsea but wanted a fresh challenge and described his time with the Blues as 'marvellous'.

Gallas said,

'I am happy and proud to announce to you my arrival at Arsenal football club. After five marvellous years spent under the shirt of Chelsea, I dreamed of a new sporting challenge and I couldn't refuse the opportunity to play with Arsenal. '

'First of all, and it was very important in my decision, I remain in London, a city which I adore and in which I surround myself well with close relations. I will also find some French friends at Arsenal, especially Titi, my pal from the french national team who I hope to win titles with at this club.'

'At the age of 29, I also wish to continue to progress and who better to be able to allow me to achieve this goal then Arsčne Wenger? I am in a hurry already to work under his orders, to learn from him. I signed a 4 year contract because at Arsenal I will enjoy the sporting challenge. I want to bring my experience to the young Gunners finalists of the last Champions league, to know new thrills on a bright new stage, supported by the best fans in england.'

'Of course to leave the Blues is not done without difficulty. With Chelsea, I achieved much, gained two premiership titles and reached the final of the World cup with the french natioanl team. But I needed a new challenge, to break the routine, to give me new aims. From now on I will be a member of the red and white Army. From now on I will carry high the colors of Arsenal.'

It's interesting to see so many Chelsea fans get sucked in by the media hype and aiming jibes at Gallas after he served them so well.

Maybe they should try printing what players say in full next time.

But then again that wouldn't sell papers now would it.

Many thanks to Ali for the translation.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 2 2006

Time: 4:20PM

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how glad should us arsenal fans feel not just by having him but by seeing how dedicated he seems already and not even having started. im sure anyone that plays for arsenal will not want to leave especially as they have them new spas in the changing room lol
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02/09/2006 16:36:00

Finally, some journalism!
Little Dutch
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02/09/2006 16:39:00

Good luck to Gallas. He was a wonderful player at Chelsea. I certainly hope he will help Arsenal to win some trophies next year.
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02/09/2006 17:06:00

Jogabonito, you should be a gooner. We don't quite play "joagbonito" al the Nike adds, but whatever we play is ******** exhilirating. And Gallas loves the football played by The Arsenal.
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02/09/2006 17:19:00

Doubt we will hear such a statement from cashley. He might save a paragraph in his book to thank the Arsenal fans for the support we gave him even after we found out he had been "cheating" on us, He may thank Arsene Wenger for helping him get where he is now, but I doubt it very much.
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02/09/2006 19:06:00

He's certainly sending out the right messages.
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02/09/2006 19:18:00

GALLAS: "From now on I will be a member of the red and white Army. From now on I will carry high the colors of Arsenal." sounds loyal unlike reyes and cole... welcome to the greatest team in europe william
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02/09/2006 19:20:00

As the old Arsenal adage goes "victoria concordia crescit". Victory through harmony. Cole and Reyes both bad for moral. Great business by the gunners. I'm more optimistic now then I have been since PV4 left.
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02/09/2006 19:57:00

cole does appreciate us, and he will regret leaving us like all the other arsenal players who have left us in the past e.g. anelka, overmars, petit, vieira. welcome gallas u shall be a success wit kolo at centre back, give needed confidence to our defence and let henry & co do damage and attack teams with ease...
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02/09/2006 20:03:00

And I trust that when Cole's book is published that all the Arsenal fans will not just read the serielised sections in the newspapers? Gallas was always a disruptive influence at Chelsea - from day 1 he was asking publicly for a transfer. However, he is without doubt a world class centre back and I wish him well.
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02/09/2006 20:04:00

BEST FANS IN ENGLAND- im not saying that Chelsea fans are....but really gallas, fans?
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02/09/2006 21:05:00

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02/09/2006 21:08:00

Are you naive enough to think that the best fans have to be the loudest???
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02/09/2006 21:20:00

noo rocky they think the best fans are those who have been supporting their team for about 2 years....
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02/09/2006 21:56:00

sorry thing was i was talkin on MSN andd i must have left it on cap lock and i submited without reading
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02/09/2006 22:10:00

I was actually talking to
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02/09/2006 22:17:00

greatest team in europe we wont finish top 5 if were lucky a jke b honest our team is not that great is it!
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02/09/2006 22:25:00

You're not honestly stupid enough to try and disguise your post as that of an Arsenal supporters with an name like Paxtonyid are you?? Or are you just finally admitting that Spurs are ****
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02/09/2006 22:31:00

to rocky... shoulda made it mre clearer then lol (u made me embarrase myslf lyk the sp*rs playaz each tym they step out on a pitch lol)
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02/09/2006 22:32:00

Gallas, the mutlitudes of Gunner fans the world over are elated at you taking up a formidable role at the trail blazing Red and White Army. Brilliant move. A loyal salute to you all the way from the South Pacific Island nation of Papua New Guinea. Welcome!
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02/09/2006 23:11:00

gallas is a great player i can tell you that he is reconised all over the world and to get him for ashley cole and money was a great deal... hes also loyal and hopefully we can play him on the left untill gail clihey returns any way but to see him line up with toure in the centre will leave any world class defence gob-smacked on how to penetrate us
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03/09/2006 00:02:00

Interesting to say the least.
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03/09/2006 02:23:00

u gooners think ur so great ur managers s*@e ur teams s*@e an the only good thing is ur stadium!
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03/09/2006 12:35:00

Ok Spurs boy. I suppose you're better than us and you're gunna finish 4th this year eh? Now where have I heard that before?? Lost 2 games out of three with Man U up next.....not looking good for you relegation candidates now is it?
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03/09/2006 12:46:00

Up the arsenal, gallas welcome to the club son, make yourself big over in the better side of london.
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03/09/2006 20:27:00

Well you should at least be able to amass a few more points with Gallas than you have so far! New challenge? Who is he trying to kid?
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04/09/2006 16:52:00

you say william gallas is loyal #1 gooner but im not so sure. Just look at his relationship with mourinho and chelsea this summer. That's not what i would call loyalty when under a contract to the club. He's a great player but you can hardly call him loyal.
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04/09/2006 20:22:00


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