William Gallas Stripped Of The Arsenal Captaincy

November 22, 2008

French international William Gallas has been fired from the position of Arsenal captain after he questioned the fighting spirit of his team and talked about internal feud between the players.

Gallas will not be playing today’s crunch game with Manchester City in the Premiership League.

Arsenal are already under fire for their poor recent performances. The remarks that Gallas made looked like a harsh public attack on his team and obviously coach Arsene Wenger didn’t take politely to that.

“When, as captain, some players come up to you and talk to you about a player – complaining about him – and then during the match you speak to this player and the player in question insults us. I am trying to defend myself a bit without giving names. Otherwise I’m taking it all (the blame). It’s very frustrating. I’m 31, the player is six years younger than me.”

Besides talking about the younger players, he also talks about a recent fight between the players during the half-time in a match against Tottenham Hotspur, when Arsenal ended up drawing even though they were 4-2 in the injury time.

“There was a problem at half time. The only thing that I could say at half time was ‘Guys, we resolve these problems after the match, not at half-time.”

The former Chelsea star joined the team in September 2006 and was made captain in August 2007. He’s been under fire ever since he assumed the top position in the team.

More photos and a video of William Gallas are below.

William Gallas Video
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