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Willy Wants To Skip

Willy Wants To Skip

Arsenal centre half William Gallas says he would be 'very proud' if he were chosen to wear the captain's armband at Arsenal next season.

The 30-year-old France international captained Arsenal as they lifted The Emirated Cup on Sunday, following a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is indeed in the running to become the next Arsenal skipper following the departure of Thierry Henry.

In an interview with L'Equipe Gallas said: 'I am 30 years old and I want to have more responsibilities both for my club and for the national team.

'I am attracted to the idea of giving advice to the youngsters, to leading a group.

'If they chose me to become the captain, I would not say no.

'On the contrary, it would make me very proud to wear the captain's armband for Arsenal.'

I have two problems with Gallas becoming captain.

The first is that in his interview he says 'If they choose me...' I don't like the 'they.' A captain should be a part of the club, not just the team. He should have said something more like 'If the boss...' They sounds like he is refering to Arsenal as a different entity. Not something I want from an Arsenal captain.

The second is that he is too outspoken. Last season his complaining about the team was refreshing, as the season ended and his moaning got worse, it became annoying. His comments about 'one considering their future,' are the final nail in the coffin for me. How can you have a captain considering their future so openly? It's another Henry waiting to happen.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Wednesday August 1 2007
Time: 7:59PM

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If its the only way he'll shut up...
01/08/2007 20:22:00
Call me fussy, but he's not entirely convinced me of his playing credentials in an Arsenal shirt yet, nevermind about captaining the club. If he can back his bark up with some bite this season then maybe, but at the moment it's no go in my opinion.
01/08/2007 20:25:00
I read an article recently saying he is nicknamed skip by the French national side. As I've said many times, his tendency towards being outspoken I see as a good thing, this team lacks a bit of bite sometimes. But I would still have Gilberto as skipper, with Gallas vice.
Little Dutch
01/08/2007 20:25:00
When he says - if THEY chose me, I think he is referring to the rest of the team and Arsene, and I dont see anything wrong with that. This might just be what Gallas needs to shine in an Arsenal shirt - some responsibility and a feeling of importance. But I agree with LD - I just cannot look beyond Gilberto for captain.
01/08/2007 20:29:00
Gilberto for captain, i think you made to much of the "they" in the article, but i agree he could be another Henry waiting to happen. Frankly Gilberto deserves it the most.
SD Gooner
01/08/2007 20:29:00
Your being a bit too picky on your first point IMO. but still I would much rather have Kolo as our captain anyways.
01/08/2007 20:31:00
Gilberto is the best choice
01/08/2007 20:56:00
Bert, Kolo and Willy are all worthy contenders (in that order). I hope that choosing one at the expense of the others does not lead to any ill feelings between the three. This is becoming too big an issue and should be sorted out asap.
01/08/2007 21:28:00
Kolo before Gallas for vice captain and after last season Gilberto deserves it. He is Brazil captain already right?
01/08/2007 21:35:00
agree wif JakeB
01/08/2007 21:49:00
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