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Gallas situation was Wengers toughest

Gallas situation was Wengers toughest

In an interview reported in France Football magazine Wenger has revealed some of the turmoil around 'Gallasgate` last month.

"On the human point of view, what happened with William was the toughest thing I had to deal with in my career because I regard him with a lot of esteem." He told the magazine.

"He was stuck into a media frenzy, a witch-hunt that isolated him so much that it was becoming a handicap for the team.

"Whatever he does, whatever he says, it`s always twisted, amplified.

"He has recovered the balance regarding his football. But I`m not convinced that, in his head, he has recovered his balance and the happiness to play."

The response to Gallas` admittedly ill advised comments on the conflicts between senior and younger players at the club would not have been so damaging if the impact were only external. The fact is that it clearly rubbed an internal sore and had Gallas had the full support of a clear majority of the team you would normally have expected him to retain his place as captain.

This theme of team harmony was echoed in Vieira`s comments reported elsewhere but he also backed Gallas to want to prove his value.

"So many things get into the team and affect the team, so many difficult situations, and I think now they need to walk away from that and keep going. All the trouble outside the pitch, it doesn't help the team to come together" he said.

"The decision to take the captaincy from William is a really tough one. I know William really well and, of course, he gets hurt like everybody else but he will want to show to Arsène and to the fans that he is a fantastic player and professional. He will give 100%."

If we are to achieve the minimum we want this year it is to be hoped that Gallas and the rest of the team finds that happiness somewhere or from somewhere.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Tuesday December 16 2008
Time: 3:21PM

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now the next toughest thing he has to deal with in his career is how to sort out this shambles of a team he has built
D4NNYT
16/12/2008 16:00:00
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D4NNYT. you wouldn't happen to be a Man-U fan, who this shambles of a team beat in a thrilling North London encounter would you? Or perhaps a Chelsea fan, who were beaten at home by this shambolic team for only the second time in a league game in four years? Or could it be you're a Tottenham fan who reacted as though you had won the league when securing a draw against this shambolic outfit that Wenger calls a team? Or maybe you're none of the above. Any gooner will admit that their are issues within this team, but they are more of consistency, not of quality. But to label the team as shambolic is flamebaiting, and the pursuit of either an antagonistic prankster, or worse still, if you believe what you're saying, an ignorant moron. Teeheee...
ChaosTeaCup
16/12/2008 17:09:00
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I agree with you Chaos. This team has all the ingredients of a wonderful team. Man, if we could just stay healthy and as you have said play with in a consistent way. That first comment is a silly attempt at a wind up. Prove em wrong Arsenal!
Paulsito
16/12/2008 17:23:00
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Wenger does make a valid point, as it seemed that Gallas' words were being twisted quite a bit - case in point, about how he had no mates in Arsenal apart from Theo when the question was English mates. There have been several other instances, while his more positive utterances got little coverage. However, the players did not get along with him and somehow, I thought that some of the kids also need to be criticised for their role in the squad disharmony.
prits
16/12/2008 18:30:00
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Shhh Luckys we can't post the you-know-what links here.
GoonerLou
16/12/2008 21:03:00
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if i was currently playing for arsenal, this would be the time for me to work my arse off, and prove people wrong, i like making people eat their words. though the title maybe out of reach, it doesnt mean we cant finish the season on a strong note right?
gooner_till_i_die
17/12/2008 04:55:00
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