Date:Monday December 1 2008
There are three certainties in life, death, taxes and the ability of William Gallas to provide talking points.
Ever since Gallas joined Arsenal in an acrimonious move from Chelsea, that saw Ashley Cole go the other way, everyone with an interest in Arsenal Football has had their opinions of Billy G, whether they be good, bad or neutral.
Some say he just hates Chelsea rather than loves Arsenal, some say he's not good enough, most said he wasn't the right choice as Arsenal captain and all agreed that his recent comments in his autobiography were sickly and quite frankly, bang out of order.
When Wenger took the bold decision to strip him of the captaincy, I'm sure many of you, like I, thought Gallas's days at Arsenal were numbered, and that his sulky nature would see him reduced to a gibbering wreck on the football pitch.
How wrong we were.
Love him or hate him, Gallas has proved in his last two games that he certainly still has something to offer this team, in fact I'd say that since he became our former captain, he has been our best player, not only vindicating Wenger's decision, but making it look like an inspired one.
However all the praise shouldn't just fall on Gallas, the way this whole sordid affair has been handled has been a credit to Wenger, Gallas (in a playing perspective following the incident of course), his team mates, and also the fans.
Had the Ashburton faithful gone on an all out abuse offensive (and it would have been understandable) in his first game back, it could have easily pushed him over the edge in the the abyss. But we were sensible enough to recognise the situation for what it is and we all pulled together after what has been a pretty horrendous couple of weeks.
Arsene Wenger has gone out of his way to praise Gallas after the last few games, and the Frenchman's onfield attitude has been exemplary ...... but does anyone else get the feeling that this won't be the last controversial moment in the life of William Gallas?
I look forward to the next installment of William's soap opera.
Date:Monday December 1 2008
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