Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Thursday November 16 2006
According to William Gallas if Arsenal can grab the first goal in their remaining games this season then they will "rarely lose". Arsenal have gone behind in 8 of their games so far this season, managing to come back in 6 of them, winning on two of those occasions.
Arsenal have struggled when they have come up against teams like Everton and Middlesbrough who deploy anti-football tactics. While many fans are totally opposed to teams playing negative football, you have to see it from their point of view, every team that has come out and played against us this season has been beaten.
You only have to look at United away, Reading away and Liverpool at home. We scored 8 goals against them teams purely because they tried to play football. If we are at our best could any team actually play football and win? That`s for another time.
This is what ol` Willy had to say: 'Over the past month we have shown people we have the quality to play good attacking football. When we play like we did against Reading and CSKA Moscow, we produced lots of opportunities.
'However, it is important that we try to score the first goal.
'Other teams know of our quality and when
they play against us they defend quite a lot.
'So it is up to us to find a way of playing and scoring against these teams - if we score the first goal against a team we will rarely lose.'
Gallas stated: 'We know what we can do and we know we have the capability of being champions.
'We have to get the balance between attacking and defending and have got to show a good tactical brain.'
Gallas also took the time to talk about how he has settled into the Arsenal way of doing things: 'I feel settled completely, everybody is helping me and I am very happy to be here playing with Arsenal.
'I am thinking about my football all the time and it helps because I am 100% focussed on what I have to do for Arsenal.
'Once you feel right in your mind, it shows on the football pitch.
'The spirit at the training ground is excellent. I get on well with all the players and we are always laughing together.'
The French defender was also asked how he feels about the Arsenal`s game at Stamford Bridge on December 10th. The versatile defender says that he has not given it a thought yet: 'I am focused on one game at a time and for the moment we are working towards Newcastle.
'I am not thinking about December just yet. I will, but not now.'
Date:Thursday November 16 2006
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