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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 Arsène 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.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 2 2006

Time: 4:20PM

Your Comments

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
abdleb
Finally, some journalism!
Little Dutch
Good luck to Gallas. He was a wonderful player at Chelsea. I certainly hope he will help Arsenal to win some trophies next year.
jogabonito
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.
Gaga
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.
iceman10
He's certainly sending out the right messages.
sandgroanun
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
#1-gooner
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.
d11gunner
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...
protocal
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.
andleics
BEST FANS IN ENGLAND- im not saying that Chelsea fans are....but really gallas, Arsenal...best fans?
Adilson
ARSENAL TO VISIT MONACO IN MAYYYYY AND PICK UP SUM THING THAT SHOULD BE AT ASHBURTON WE DID IT WITHOUT COLE LAST YEAR AND ALL HE PLAYED WAS THE FINAL THAT WE LOST!!1
#1-gooner
Are you naive enough to think that the best fans have to be the loudest???
Rocky7
noo rocky they think the best fans are those who have been supporting their team for about 2 years....
shutupdrogba
sorry thing was i was talkin on MSN andd i must have left it on cap lock and i submited without reading
#1-gooner
I was actually talking to Adilson........lol
Rocky7
greatest team in europe we wont finish top 5 if were lucky a jke b honest our team is not that great is it!
paxtonyid
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 ****
Rocky7
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)
#1-gooner
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!
SWPACIFIC
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
#1-gooner
Interesting to say the least.
BisphamTangerine
u gooners think ur so great ur managers s*@e ur teams s*@e an the only good thing is ur stadium!
n4yid
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?
Rocky7
Up the arsenal, gallas welcome to the club son, make yourself big over in the better side of london.
red_chattey
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?
Westl
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.
superspurs
 

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