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Gallas: Victory Through Harmony

Gunners skipper William Gallas has stressed the importance of keeping the current squad together for next season. With rumours abound surrounding the futures of Fabregas, Flamini, Gilberto and Alex Hleb and the manager making very worrying noises about keeping hold of players, the constantly misquoted captain has echoed his manager`s sentiment that the current squad`s steady progress shows that, as Herbert Hoover once remarked, prosperity is just around the corner.

'For next season we want all the players to stay here. It would be good if we can keep this group together because we know each other very well and we know what we can do.

'We came very close to winning something this year, but you get nothing for being close. We want to get second place and to finish the season strongly, by winning every game. For the past few months we have conceded goals too quickly after scoring. We know we have to work a lot on that."

For the benefit of tabloid readers, I`m sure this is what Gallas meant to say, "I am brilliant, you are all idiots, the team are all idiots, I am brilliant. This is everyone`s fault but mine. I`m French you know and I laugh at you English and you`re tea drinking and chip eating. He haw, he haw, he haw," he said whilst sporting a black beret and twiddling with his moustache.

Gallas went on to say, whilst the defending must improve, the Gunners should stay faithful to their attacking principals. 'I think we have to stay faithful to our attacking game, and also be stronger when we have to defend. We have shown earlier in the season that we can do that very well.
'For more than half of the season we attacked very well and we defended very well at the same time. In the last few months we haven't defended as well, and I think that is as a team, not so much individually.

'At the beginning of the season we were making it hard for the opposition to arrive in our penalty box, because they couldn't get through. We need to get back to that for the rest of this season and also next year.'

I don`t think there`s anything particularly controversial there. But I`ve given up on the prospect of people interpreting this guy correctly without indulging the whims of tabloid vernacular. So stand by for the English press to twist his words and other bloggers to leap on shite stories and hoist them onto a neon mast for the benefit of their own pre configured opinions. The only thing I will add, is that as much as the team has defended shoddily collectively, individual mistakes has been just as costly from all of our defenders except Sagna. Something else to work on there.

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 22 2008

Time: 12:13PM

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I actually think its been individual mistakes in each game. Clichy Vs birmingham, Gallas Vs Man u, Kolo Vs Liverpool, Senderos Vs Liverpool.
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22/04/2008 12:42:00

Good to see that Gallas hasn't given up on his responsibilities and sense of leadership as some have suggested. The defence has done pretty well this season right up until the last third. Our style of play is always going to leave us open to some extent. We aren't really a team to close any one out but we can do better at those key stages in the big games
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22/04/2008 13:33:00

Gallas has done well not to blame individuals for defensive mistakes. Toure, Gallas, Senderos, Clichy have all made errors, so it would be a pointless excercise. They need to keep clean sheets till the rest of the season. His earlier comments only service to re-inforce his image as a winner, when he claims no one remembers who came close.
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22/04/2008 14:52:00

The transformation of Gallas-the-inspired-choice-for-Captain (remember all that punditry praising Wenger for his man-management skills?) to Gallas-the-lunatic-monster is an excellent demonstration of the inherent idiocy of the media. Good to see Gallas echoing the manager's comments on hope for the future and keeping the squad together. On an altogether different topic, I have to say how wonderful it was to watch Jens back in goal on Saturday. I have nothing against Almunia (who I think deserves more credit than he gets from gooners) but when Jens is in form, there really is no comparison. It's not just his good form--it's his entire presence and attitude. He has a commanding authority Almunia simply doesn't have. And it's good to see him barracking his teammates, great keepers do that all the time. Jens really is world class--when he's in our goal, the affect is obvious. I do think his public attacks on a fellow teammate and the manager are inexcusable. But I've missed him all season long. Yes I know his temper was sometimes a liability but I was willing to live with it because on balance I loved that crazy temper. He always made me laugh. Last season he had me cracking up when he deliberately wasted time against Wigan after Kirkland had spent the entire match doing it to us. I will miss our mad German very much.
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22/04/2008 15:17:00

Every word in those quotes is sensible. Let's see who'll twist it to the contrary this time. How about the angle of "Gallas blames defensive mistakes but forgets he's a culprit too" or "Gallas all talk no walk" or "Gallas blames team again"? Jaelle, on Jens, I have to agree the mad guy is a world-class keeper who can impact on our points. If he'll stop mouthing off to the press in such disrespectful manner against the manager and Almunia, and cut out his antics when we defend set-pieces, I'd think he's still a great player to keep. Nobody's perfect eh?
Lou the Gunneress
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22/04/2008 17:35:00

Good coming from Gallas, what does he want them to do ? All sit on their bums on the pitch after a result has went against them..
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