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Cap'n Billy Loves Being In Command

Cap'n Billy Loves Being In Command

Arsenal captain, William Gallas, says he's loving the responsibility of wearing the armband for the Gunners.

Gallas was surprisingly handed the captaincy ahead of Gilberto at the start of the season, and has blossomed into a fantastic leader and indeed, defender.

'Being captain at Arsenal, I am directly involved in some talks with the coach and the officials,' he told France Football.

'Before, I used to keep to myself. But I like those new responsibilities. I really have fun with the talks I have with Arsene Wenger. Would I like to become French team captain one day? Of course.'

Here's hoping Gallas' responsibilities extend to lifting a piece of silverware or two come May!

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Date:Thursday November 22 2007
Time: 5:58PM


I'm loving having him as skipper, the armband fits him like a glove. Yet another masterstroke from Wenger, not only do we have a skipper who doesn't take ***** from anyone, but we're finally seeing the best form from a world class defender as a result. A mate of mine can lipread, and he told me that Gallas screamed at Cesc at the final whistle of the Utd game, "never give up, never give up!" Magic.
Little Dutch
22/11/2007 19:56:00
True LD, this was a masterstroke by Wenger, especially when most of us expected Gilberto to be given the captains armband this season.
23/11/2007 00:23:00
I think it was a brilliant decision to. At the time I would've prefered Toure to be the captain but with big Willy wearing the armband we have two leaders on the field, one who will yell, calm and unify every player as a team and as individuals and one who will take matters in to his own hands and single handedly drive the team forward (and from Centre half to). Vintage Wenger, and it seems to not just have brought the best out of Gallas but taken the worst from him as well.
Ozi Gooner
23/11/2007 00:57:00
At the time I thought Gilberto would get the nod because of his performances last year. But I thought better of it when the decision was announced. I believed Gallas was the only guy, bar young Cesc, who's naturally ready to pick people up and keep the fighting spirit and winning mentality, which are especially important on the back of a "bad" summer. People, especially Chelsea fans, on hindsight have been saying that Arsene just wanted to appease him, shut him up and keep him working for the club. But right from the start, even though I felt either Gilberto or Kolo would have deserved it, I believed Arsene knows best as he's the one who sees these guys everyday. It's again proven that we just need to put our trust in him instead of playing the boss ourselves. :)
23/11/2007 02:56:00
Heard Billy G initiated the huddle as well...nice to see him back to his best after awhile...gutted that we will miss Hleb for 3 weeks though, especially with Villa and Everton away coming soon...
23/11/2007 03:22:00
This move just keeps getting better and better.
23/11/2007 10:13:00
anyone else read the article today that Le Sulk wants to come back to us? He's 28, experienced and a quality goalscorer. Personally I'd have him in January, sell Bendtner and bring in Nic. He'd be a masive boost to our run in for the second half of the season, and give u 3 genuine strikers up front with Ade, RvP and nic.
23/11/2007 10:44:00
oh, and i've grown to apprecite Billy as he has himself i think. It's a young team but there's a good mix now of players who are teenager, early & mid twenties and then a jump to Gallas, Almunia and Lehman who are 30. But there's enough twenty somethings (kolo, Thomas & Alex) between the kids and the older guys to give the experience we've probably lacked in the past.
23/11/2007 10:46:00
i wanted the sentimental favourite for the captain's armband which was bert. but now growing more and more appreciative of gallas' efforts as captain. sure he has a long way to go to emulate the deeds of vieira but i think he has the potential to do so. luv the huddle, just wished the tv cams would show it more. arsene certainly knows best.
23/11/2007 11:45:00
i would disagree with you mike105, i think anelka would give us the same dilemmas as henry did and thus would stunt the growth of our young players. anelka would demand the ball when we go forward, and the team would be compelled to pass it to him, even if its not the best option. the beauty about us now is that ANYBODY can score, the threat can come from anywhere, this makes it difficult for teams to defend against us. also dont forget the ego that comes with LeSulk, and what that might do to the team. i say give NB a chance, he is a gem!!!
23/11/2007 11:53:00
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