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Wenger Happy With Gallas Display

Arsene Wenger hailed the performance of William Gallas after the Frenchman put in a solid display against Kiev as the Gunners fought their way through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Gallas had been stripped of the captaincy earlier in the week after he publicly slated the Arsenal team and it's efforts, but the defender looked to try and rectify that with a good performance against Kiev.

Wenger said, 'I believe his focus was great,'

'He wanted to do well and you could see he was completely committed in the game. Overall, I feel he did well.'

'The crowd responded well, somewhere, they acknowledge that he was a committed captain and I was very happy that the crowd reacted in this way to him.'

Other media outlets would have you believe that not only did the Arsenal fans not even respond to a sheepish looking Gallas, but that Billy also 'blocked' van Persie goal bound effort on the line. It was not the greatest effort on goal by the Frenchman by any stretch of the imagination, but he was trying to poke in a shot that I am pretty sure was going wide.

I was not at the game last night, but watched on tv, however I hope some of our attending Gooners can confirm that my ears are not letting me down when I say I'm positive I heard mucho applause for some of his earlier touches and a half rousing rendition of 'Billy Gallas is our friend'




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 26 2008

Time: 8:53AM

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Too right about van Persie's effort, it was absolutely going wide. His first two touches were booed by two blokes behind me, a couple of strongly uttered four letter words (ooop, my swearing again) plus the fact that nobody joined in put a stop to that. Yes, his name was sung at one point when he played on through an abdominal injury. The one slip apart in the first half, he looked fine to me. Walked straight off at the end (though he did applaud the fans on his way off), but you can't really expect the guy to be happy smiley. Sunday's a big day for him.
Little Dutch
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26/11/2008 09:08:00

http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/arsenal-fc-appoint-new-chief-executive It only took ten months!
Little Dutch
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26/11/2008 09:11:00

If he scores the winner again on Sunday this whole sordid affair will be forgotten about!!!
Rocky7
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26/11/2008 09:11:00

Thanks for the head up LD ;)
Rocky7
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26/11/2008 09:22:00

thought Gallas made mistakes myself.
Tiny T
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26/11/2008 09:32:00

Of course he made mistakes, every footballer does. Ok one was really bad, but it's one of those things. Other than that he was solid, in my opinion.
Rocky7
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26/11/2008 09:34:00

He played well for me. I am still worried about that right back spot. Eboue or Sagna need to return as quick as possible. it is very hard for us to play without a full back who runs forward. Well done Billy.
Tom14
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26/11/2008 09:37:00

Apparently Tom, Sagna could return for Chelsea on Sunday!!!
Rocky7
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26/11/2008 09:42:00

Gallas was average last night. He didn't have to be good as Kiev were pretty pants going forward and only threatened very briefly, with a negative display. He made one huge cock up, by being too casual, other than that a 6/10 for Billy!
LondonGooner
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26/11/2008 09:50:00

That's a pretty high rating for that match last night LG - lol
Rocky7
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26/11/2008 09:53:00

He was average but so was the rest of them. Only Clichy stood out as a defender.
Tom14
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26/11/2008 09:54:00

I was going for a 5, but then I thought, bah, a win is a win and for that they all get an extra 1!!! And he's a fellow baldy so why not! lol
LondonGooner
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26/11/2008 10:34:00

I think Clichy looked better because he had Denilson in fornt of him who is btter defensively than Nasri, when it's him and Clichy together we can look a bit over exposed at the back. Same applies to Eboue playing behind Walcott. You always need that fine balance, Lauren and Ljungberg etc
LondonGooner
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26/11/2008 10:35:00

I thought he did ok bar that one mistake. Also glad to see the crowd applauded him. And hey as it stands, 25% of us have voted for him in the MotM poll on the right hand side. :)
GoonerLou
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26/11/2008 10:36:00

It's 30% now, after a couple of votes from someone and me.
GoonerLou
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26/11/2008 10:37:00

I like the fact that 9% have voted for my editors mistake ... lol
Rocky7
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26/11/2008 11:01:00

Given the circumstances, and the undoubtable pressure of scrutiny he knew would be aimed towards him, I felt he did well. The fact that he has been humbled, and yet still had the proffesionalism to act with humility and give us his all, I thought he did rather well. As for his so-called 'block' of of RvP's shot, I'm not convinced he would of known too much what was going on, considering that whole passage of play in the area was a bit of a scramble. Bad slip in defence, but then I don't imagine for one second he was happy with himself for that. Made some absolutely crucial tackles; one in our box before the 'drop-ball' incident stands out. Stadium support in general was good - let's keep it up!
ChaosTeaCup
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26/11/2008 11:09:00

LG, I know where you are coming from about Denilson but I don't think it really made any difference to Clichy. Had Nasri played last night I would guess that Clichy would have been better going forward and the same defensivley. Nasri is not as bad as Walcott at defending. And we would have been better because we had Nasri in instead of Denilson.
Tom14
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26/11/2008 11:13:00

Rock - that was me and a couple of others! lol Everyone was pretty much of a muchness last night and for me, no one truly stood out as head and shoulders above the rest! Everyone had their "moments" during the match but they were few and far between. It's a good job Kiev are an utterly pathetic team as it helped us get a much needed win without playing particularly well...
LondonGooner
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26/11/2008 11:44:00

Gallas played within himself last night, but he did nearly give a goal away
hackneyval
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26/11/2008 14:52:00

Gallas played OK given all that has gone before. Let's just get off his back now!
norfolk dumpling
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26/11/2008 16:31:00

 

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