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Gallas is 100% Professional

Arsene Wenger has been fulsome in his praise of central defender, and former club captain, William Gallas describing him as "100% professional". It looked at one time as though Gallas might go in the summer after last season`s dressing room drama following the publication of his autobiography which appeared to criticise some of his team mates. The kerfuffle resulted in Gallas losing the captaincy in favour of a player 10 years his junior in Cesc Fabregas.

"William Gallas has had a fine start to the season, which is down to both his attitude and the quality of the player," said Wenger.

"It can happen that any player has highs and lows in his career, but I must say his form now is a consequence of the way he behaves every day.

"He behaves 100% as a professional and is highly focused in training."

Gallas,who played and scored for France at the weekend against the Faroe Islands, has also scored 3 goals for Arsenal this season which might be more highly regarded had not his central defensive partner Thomas Vermaelen notched up 5 goals himself. It`s a partnership that seems to have started the season very well.

"The partnership between William and Thomas Vermaelen has gelled more quickly than I expected," Le Boss said.

"This is for two reasons; first of all, Vermaelen adapted faster, and secondly William fits more comfortably on the right side of a central defence than on the left."

It`s not unusual for Wenger to praise any of his players but he has also, apparently indicated that he will look to open discussions with Gallas as his contract expires at the end of the year. It`s never a good point at which to discuss contracts as Gallas is free to talk to other clubs from January. Coincidentally two other central defenders find their contracts also expire at the end of this season, Senderos and Silvestre. Both are also free to discuss their options with other clubs in January.

Having sold Toure in the summer and with Djourou pretty well out for the whole season there is little time for Vermaelen to forge a partnership with either Johan or Alex Song, currently employed in midfield, who might be the contenders to replace Gallas from within our existing squad should none of the expirees renew their contracts. If Vermaelen's partner next season could be someone with less experience than Gallas then maybe we will be hearing more praise lavished on Billy G as the season progresses.



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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 12 2009

Time: 4:09PM

Your Comments

Give him a new contract quick AW
ajwb
Obviously, because of all his on and off field troubles last season, the manager was unsure about a contract discussion (will only be for one year, anyway) with Billy. But the prospects of inexperienced replacements should move him to start talking up the player as January approaches. He will and should take the one year contract, imo, if offered. Great start to the season, for him, so far.
Naijagunner
I still think Senderos has a future at Arsenal.
Sajit
senderos is the obvious choice for central partnership with vermaelen IMO.
supersof
Gallas will go i think, he's always stated he wants to take a chance in Italy or Spain and with his age, it's probably his last chance and he will still be able to play adequately over there for a few years to come as the styles of football are generally a little bit slower.
Ozi Gooner
Gallas is already 32, which means Wenger will only offer him a one year contract. There is little chance that Gallas will take that up, since I'm sure there will be other clubs (in Italy or France) who will offer him the security of a 2-3 year contract. This is the last season for Gallas at Arsenal, which means the greater priority is to sign Senderos on a new contract (whether Silvestre stays or goes, it doesnt really matter), or sign another defender in January, so that he will have time to settle into the club in time for next season. On Gallas, he has remained completely professional, and I respect him for that. He has shown, last season and this, what a truly world class defender he is. Its just a pity that it came towards the end of his contract.
prits
I wonder if there's a slight "Xabi Alonso" effect at work where Gallas really wanted to prove himself before leaving. That said, I think his current form is overstated. Not to say I don't think he has played well, but I honestly don't see much difference to how he has performed for much of the last 2 years (with the exception of the first two months of last season when he was bad). It's just being alleviated of the captaincy took the negative focus off of him, for most of 2007-08 for instance, he was utterly immense but was embedded in this media ***** storm the whole time which the supporters took far too seriously.
Little Dutch
Big Will has consistently been our best defender since arriving nearly four years ago, just letting himself down with a few ill-advised comments. I think the reason he struggled at the beginning of last year my be linked to Kolo's illness. I do agree though, I can't see him being here next year. I just hope we benefit from his 'playing for a better deal'.
navydave
Agree entirely with LD, Gallas has been excellent for most of his time with us. His form this season is no different from most of last season, just a continuation. I well remember some very good displays even during his bad spell last Fall. Against Utd, e.g., at home, he was immense.
jaelle
Henry captained France against the Faroe Islands. But Gallas has certainly played well and I hope we keep him for at least another season. Without him we'll have just Senderos, Vermaelen and Djourou.
ArsenalFan01
keep him or sign him. No player is irreplaceable. if he goes another will come for sure.
curiousguy
 

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