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Should Arsenal give Gallas the boot?
For 12 years, Arsenal fans have been used to a manager so loyal it borders on the belligerent, but that quality appears to be lost on the team’s captain, William Gallas.
According to reports this morning, Gallas has been stripped of the Arsenal captaincy. For the sake of the club’s future, the manager may have to go even further and boot him out altogether.
Arsene Wenger has irritated almost everyone in the footballing world with his answer to any question regarding even the most blatant infringements from his players – “I did not see it.” William Gallas on the other hand sees a lot and he doesn’t mind sharing it.
In media reports on Thursday Gallas criticised his team mates for not being brave enough, openly discussed dressing room bust-ups and complained about a mystery player who “insults us”.
Does “Gallas the Grump” really expect this to boost Arsenal’s chances, inspire his players or endear him to the fans? He is either remarkably naive or he just doesn’t care. Either way, Alex Ferguson, Luiz Felipe Scolari and Rafa Benitez must be laughing their Christmas stockings off.
Arsenal’s last Premiership campaign was on track until their draw away to Birmingham sentenced them to a third straight trophy-less season.
That game ended with a petulant strop from Gallas, who kicked down advertising hoardings, refused to play after Birmingham were awarded a penalty and only left the pitch after getting a hug from his manager.
What a captain!
PHOTO: Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas talks to William Gallas during a team training session at London Colney, September 29, 2008. REUTERS/ Eddie Keogh