Can Gallas lead us to glory next season?
By Raed, Member of TheGoonerForum
Gallas along with ₤5 million joined Arsenal as an exchange for our then left-back Ashley Cole. When I first heard the news I was pretty happy because I knew that Gallas, despite not playing for Chelsea regularly, was a very good centre-back. His first season was marked by injuries and a hangover from the 2006 World Cup. He, however, made his presence felt in the latter part of the 06/07 season and with the departure of Henry that summer he was named the Captain of the team.
I, like many other fans, did not welcome this decision because there were more suitable alternatives, players who were tied with the club for a longer time. Gallas may have felt this and he stepped up to his role as captain in the 07/08 season. And boy, did he step up until that fateful day at St. Andrews where everything he had worked for so vigorously all came undone in a moment of disparity. Following that, he, nor the team, never really recovered and our season took a sharp curve downwards with disappointing draws and crucial losses culminating to another trophyless season.
Many of us have blamed Gallas because the truth about Gallas is that he is an attention seeking cunt who wants to be the centre of attraction. That doesn’t make him a bad player, and doesn’t change the fact he can motivate our young squad. He is a bad loser, and this is his aspect of the game that needs working upon. To rally the troops when we stare at defeat and keep the momentum going.
His captaincy cannot be removed as many of us would want to because by doing so will cause tension amongst the squad members. So, in the foreseeable future we can see Gallas remaining our captain. What we can do is pray that he learnt from his mistakes this season and does not repeat them in the upcoming seasons.
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