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Death, Taxes & William Gallas

Death, Taxes & William Gallas

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.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday December 1 2008
Time: 10:41AM


as the saying goes.....whatever next ??????
01/12/2008 11:10:00
Ozi, we should sell him right? HAHAHAHAHA! Its funny. How very funny!
01/12/2008 11:15:00
I'm not entirely sure that the initial response that Gallas shouldn't play for Arsenal again was the wrong one ..... his attitude regard himself beggars belief sometimes, but at this moment in time, his abilities on the pitch are vital to the team, and to get us through this period we should. for want of a better word, forget about what he did. For the sake of Arsenal, for it's the club we support when all's said and done, the players are all temporary.
01/12/2008 11:20:00
Very true, I must admit I was interested to see how he would recat, so far it's been a good reaction. He appreciated the support yesterday which he showed after the whistle, throwing his shirt into the crowd. I also think the change in defensive partner, Silvestre/ Djourou has played to his strengths more as a defender. Really, I think we've got to pull through now until May and review all of this then, for now, I am happy he is playing well.
Little Dutch
01/12/2008 11:32:00
Gallas has reacted very professionally and, for the moment, we do need him to be at his best. But the press are always likely to treat him differently. Gerrard can criticise Walcott, an England team mate, in his book without attracting a tenth of the flak that Gallas has for more general criticisms. Gallas' mistake was in trying to justify himself as a captain now he has only to justify himself as a player.
01/12/2008 12:32:00
If he stays professional then we should keep him, definately. If he keeps acting like a petulent spoiled brat, show him the door in January. Right now the signs are very good and he and Dorouruououou could form a very good partnership with the right qualities each has that the other doesn't. He deserved his criticism for his behaviour (not his performances) and he has been a rock since he came back. There is more left in the willy gallas story thats for sure!
01/12/2008 12:48:00
I would also add, I was a definate fan of him being sold after the avalanche of crass rediculous comments he kept spewing. If he can keep this saint like behaviour going and those solid performances I would be happy to hold my hands up and say keep the lad. Only time will tell eh?
01/12/2008 12:59:00
Gallas and Djourou compliment each other and hopefully they will form our title winning centre back partnership.
01/12/2008 13:54:00
Gallas has been excellent the last two games. I think he is happy with Djourou as a partner as I think that with a little more experience Kolo and Djourou could also work well. Gallas is a top class defender, you only have to look at his cv to see that, he just wasn't very good as Arsenal captain.
norfolk dumpling
01/12/2008 17:16:00
I think we need a comanding aerially dominant centre back playing alongside either Gallas and Toure. Gallas and Toure don't work too well together as they are very similar, both pacy and can handle players running at them with the ball on the ground, and good at mopping up loose balls. Toure looked a class act alongside Campbell. Hopefully Djourou can be as good as Campbell eventually. I'd say stick with Gallas for now, but Toure is younger and probably a better long term bet.
01/12/2008 18:02:00
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