William Gallas – Is this the way a Captain should act?
Who should be captain of Arsenal next season? By Kolo(c)
A common question asked, regarding the Arsenal squad of late, is who should be given the Captain’s Armband. Being Captain of a club as large and illustrious as Arsenal would be an honour for any player… so who should be granted with their wish?
In recent seasons, the Captain’s Armband has been given away freely at Arsenal, with no player being able to claim it as their own, ever since the departure of Patrick Vieira. In the space of 3 years, the Captain’s Armband has been given to Thierry Henry, Gilberto Silva, Kolo Toure, Cesc Fabregas and William Gallas. In fact, Phillipe Senderos has also captained the club on various occasions. Is this how it should be?
Arsene Wenger has often been looked upon as a great manager, one whose not only known for his unique transfer style, flirting with the media, and taking huge risks in important matches. He is also looked upon as a great decision maker. But has he made the wrong decision with choosing William Gallas as Captain?
23rd February, 2008. A date that will stick with many Arsenal fans for a long, long time. This day was the day that Arsenal drew with Birmingham City 2-2, in what many believe was the ‘beginning of the end’. Not only is this day remembered for the disastrous tackle on Croatian international Eduardo da Silva, leaving him out for the rest of the season, and shattering his dreams of representing his country in Euro 2008, but also for other reasons. In the dying minutes of a game, with Arsenal winning 2-1, after a brilliant comeback, a mistake by Gael Clichy meant that Birmingham had a penalty, and a chance to equalise. William Gallas, who was currently captaining the team, not only turned his back to the event, but walked half way across the pitch, took a seat near the centre circle, sat… and wept. Many people put it down to passion, or anger for the team. Others believe that it was terrible captaining, and a disgrace to the club. Is this a way that a Captain should act?
To most Arsenal fans, this confirmed their belief that William Gallas was not the right man for the job. But if he isn’t, then who is? I am a firm believe that in the current Arsenal team, there are only 3 possible candidates:
– Kolo Toure
– Cesc Fabregas
– Gilberto Silva
Kolo Toure is currently the longest serving player in the Arsenal squad. He plays as a CB (predominately known as a good position for Captain’s), and has an undeniable love for the club. He shows immense passion at time, however mostly through his actions, rather than vocally. Is Kolo Toure the man for the job?
Cesc Fabregas, often looked upon as a future Arsenal legend. His passion is undeniable, and he often leads the team by example. He is a natural leader, and incredibly respected for his age. He is, however, still very young, and relatively inexperienced (in the Captain’s department). Would you be happy to see Cesc lead the Arsenal team on?
Gilberto Silva. In the season 06/07, Gilberto Silva, due to the unfortunate injury to Thierry Henry, led the Arsenal team for the vast majority of the season. He was often praised for his performance as Captain, and the armband undoubtedly improved his game. He is vocal at times, and has bags of experience. He is, however, ageing, and does not play as much as the other candidates. Is the experience of the Brazilian enough to warrant your vote as Captain?
Or even William Gallas can be kept as captain. He is incredibly experienced, and due to his season captaining us, now has experience as a Captain. He is extremely vocal, and his passion is undeniable. If he could channel his passion to have a positive effect on the team, he could most certainly be a very good Captain.
Arsene Wenger has described the position as Captain as one that he will “analyse”. We will have to wait until next season to see who Arsene has decided to pick as Captain, but who would you pick? If you were put in Arsene’s shoes, who would you make Captain of Arsenal Football Club?
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