Gallas, Gallas, Gallas!?! And Injury News

The final line up of Arsene's best looks like this:

Seaman

Sagna – Keown – Adams – Clichy

Ljungberg – Vieira - Fabregas – Pires

Bergkamp – Henry

Wow, now that would be some team. Actually this was a great team. It’s pretty see that 8 out of the 11 played in the same team which saw us dominate football for a while. Cesc, Clichy and Sagna the only additions from the current crop. It’s been an awesome little exercise we’ve done this week and side-tracked us from the disappointed of the last league game.

But now it’s time to return to all this current Arsenal and a look at the news circulating the papers today. Apparent Gallas has been speaking to the French media and talking about the unrest in the Arsenal camp. Talking about the petulance of some of the younger players. If you haven’t read it, this is what Gallas had to say:

“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. There comes a time where we can no longer comprehend how this can happen. 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.”

“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.’ We have to understand that to be champions, you have to play big matches every weekend and fight. We are coming up against teams who are not scared to play football against us, who are not scared to take us on at our place, and this is becoming dangerous for Arsenal.

“We are not brave enough in battle. I think we need to be soldiers. We have to be warriors. There are teams who can do it well against us, and we have to be able to face up to these attacks. I have to win something this year. I have to win something, Arsenal has to win something. It’s four or five years since Arsenal won anything – 2004 (the league title). That’s nearly five years, and that’s not good.

“For me the title is not over, it’s true that we are nine points behind Chelsea, but you have to be optimistic and you can’t give up.”

Interesting words from the captain and quite an strange way to talk about the squad. I’m not sure if this a symptom of the younger generation of the lack of real captaincy that Gallas is all about. They say you should lead by example, but his example has been so bad, that maybe he’s lost the respect of the squad. Some of the things he’s said are true, and I’m not too upset in what he said, maybe the manner of how he’s said it.

Which leads me to another question. Does Arsene allow Gallas to speak like this in the press? Does Arsene accept abuse of younger players directed at his captain. Interesting thoughts.

So onto the weekend, and we have quite a few injuries and suspensions rattling up and there will be quite a few players missing. With Van Persie sent off at Stoke, having missed the United, Wigan and Villa game, he is welcomed back into the squad, and there is an emphasis on welcomed. Ade is back, and rested, so we’ll have the front two back in action. In midfield, we’re missing Cesc to suspension and Theo to a long term injury to his shoulder. We may see Nasri, Denilson, Song and Diaby, even though I’d rather see Nasri, Ramsey, Denilson and Vela. Arsene said about Theo:

“Theo had a dislocated shoulder and he had surgery today. He will be out three months,” confirmed Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

“But there is no [long-term] concern about that. Once the surgery is done and it is solid, there is no concern at all for the future of Theo Walcott. Not at all.”

At the back, we’ve lost both Sagna, Eboue and Toure so it will be a back four of Clichy, Silvestre, Gallas and Djourou. Interesting times and a very difficult game on the weekend. Man City are hurting after a bad start to the season and you’d expect players like Robinho to raise their game for a visit of the Arsenal.

Good news, though, is that Eduardo will be back in training by the end of the month and that’s the best bit of news I’ve had all day. Arsene said:

“Eduardo is doing very well and is one week away from joining in training.”

Yipee!]]>

  • AJ

    Yay for Eduardo, as you said, the only good news.

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[if its true that gallas has sed that, and if what he says is true then at least the supporters get to know what's going on inside the club. thats a positive.
    the negative is that everybody who's not a supporter also gets to know.

    maybe wenger doesnt restrict his players from speaking to the press about certain things like fergie does. or maybe wenger okay'd gallas' comments bcuz he realized the supporters were turning on the team and it was time they knew the truth. but thats probably just too far-fetched a theory.

    i dont blame gallas for coming out with the comments, if they are actually his comments and not a work of mischief by some moron.
    to the people who might think that he's the captain and should lead by example, and that the example he's setting by making these comments isnt right - i say, the damage is already done. we'v already lost some games and drawn others which we shouldnt have. so with gallas coming out with the truth (if it is), i dont see how it makes a difference to the stability of th team. its already unstable like he says.

    now coming to the most important part of his comments. he talks about the guy being 7 years younger than himself. who's he talking about ? he's 31. so he's talking about a 25 yr old. who all's 25 ?
    eduardo ? van persie ? adebayor ? sagna ?]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[i forgot eboue who's also 25. and ade's 26. maybe gallas' maths isnt good. but i have a feeling its eboue.

    couldnt be eduardo or sagna. maybe vanpersie lost his cool. but the most likely, i think, is eboue.]]>

  • zohaib

    shoot ! sorry i made another typo. ade’s 24. not 25. or 26.

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[but if th guy in question was involved in the spurs match, then it was prolly vanpersie. since eboue wasnt involved at halftime. he came on at 75mins. and if someone was visibly frustrated it was vanpersie. and in th game against stoke it was even more obvious wen he got a red bcuz he lost it and made an unnecessary challenge on sorensen who was always going to exagerrate it. if van-the-man had been more intelligent he would have realized that, specially bcuz sorensen had already made comments about arsenal lacking spine (which is probably why vanpersie did what he did). but i also feel that it wasnt a straight red. he should have got a yellow at the most. it just proves that ref's hand out cards without knowing the extent of challenges. it was clear exagerration. in fact sorensen should have got a yellow for exagerrating. if a player dives he gets yellow. isnt that also a kind of exagerration. gray areas still exist, in what constitutes a red or yellow. maybe there shud be a new 'orange' card invented.

    i'v just done a little research on our games since spurs (included).
    eduardo was injured. def not him then. and i find it extremely hard to think it could be sagna.
    but what do i know. i'm just speculating for fun. the curiousity is killing me. i'm just treating it like a game till theres something more interesting to get involved in.

    eboue wasnt involved against stoke. maybe it was him afterall. maybe his 'injury' was just a cover-up to keep him out of the squad bcuz he was causing trouble.]]>

  • Pissed off

    U guys should see VP make a difference this weekend. Thats if Wenger starts with him.

  • samri

    < ![CDATA[Gooners seem to be spilt on William Gallas. He seems to be like marmite, you either love him or hate him. In fact, that's not a bad nickname for him.

    I'm in the love him camp and feel that the criticism he receives is way over the top. I also believe that he is being made a scapegoat for Arsenal struggling. There is an anti-Gallas bandwagon that has been forming since the Birmingham incident and it's gathering pace.

    Marmite is our best defender, take the armband from him and we lose him. As simple as that. Do you think he would stay? I don't.

    He is not a bad captain. People compare Marmite to recent skippers Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira and that is not fair. Adams and Vieira were fantastic Arsenal leaders but look at who they had around them. Adams had Keown, Bould, Dixon, Seaman etc, and Vieira had Henry, Gilberto, Bergkamp, Parlour, Campbell etc.

    Who does Marmite have to help him on the pitch? That's right, no one.

    Gooners call for Cesc Fabregas to be made captain, where are his leadership qualities right now? I'm not seeing any. He maybe a future captain but he's too immature at the moment. He would struggle with the burden and let's not forget he is struggling already.

    Toure has been mentioned but he isn't a first team regular anymore and his form is so poor I can't see that changing in the immediate future.

    Almunia wore the armband against Fenerbache and while he produced an outstanding goalkeeping display, I'll say he cant even command his box, let alone command the team.

    Gael Clichy is another mooted for the role. Out of the four alternatives to Marmite I've mentioned, he is the best option for me. But he is too quiet for the time being. Experience will draw his character out but he isn't ready yet.

    And then we come to Arsene Wenger. We all know how stubborn the man is. It was obvious in the summer that Arsenal needed strengthening but that didn't happen. What makes anyone think that he will admit to being wrong over Marmite being made captain? (Although I felt it was right)

    This bandwagon wont be stopped and I've never known an Arsenal player be criticised as much as Marmite. Even that little muppet Ashley Cole seems to have got off lightly compared to Marmite.

    I know he doesn't make things easy for himself with his outbursts but for the most part he is right. He only says what we Gooners talk about yet he is destroyed for it.

    I ask you, if Fabregas or Toure were captain and either came out with half the stuff Marmite said would they be as criticised? I think not.]]>

  • gary1

    < ![CDATA[A captain doesn't seek to shift responsibility to the other players in his side, as this latest outburst from Gallas has done. He is obviously trying to make other players the scapegoats. I hate John Terry, but his actions last night speak volumes of why he is the Chelsea captain and why Gallas was demoted down the ranks and subsequently sold.

    Last night, in his post match interview, Terry took full responsibility for his mistake, admitted he was wrong and should have done better, and took all the pressure of Scott Carson, which may just spare him a second international exodus. Terry took one on the chin, accepted responsibility, and behaved in general as the captain should.

    Compare this with his old accomplice Gallas. Arsenal's first 3 conceded goals this season were all from corners and were all scored by men Gallas should have been marking. Was Captain Bill's response one of responsibility and leadership. No, just like on the pitch, he sought to blame other individuals and in the press afterwards stated how certain members of the team had to defend better. Gallas clearly spends more time speaking to the press than his own team-mates.

    Much has been made of Arsenal's problems, and I for one, do wholeheartedly believe that the team had no unity, no leader and no heart. The matches against Fulham, Sunderland and Stoke were some of the worst of the Wenger reign. As the two figureheads of the club, the manager and the captain, have to hold their hands up high and say that there is no collective desire in this team. (Even more so Wenger for persevering with Gallas for a second season, his choice of captain directly relating to the lack of brotherhood and teamwork on the pitch).

    Would Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Ray Parlour, Dennis Bergkamp or Patrick Vieira ever have behaved in the way Gallas has done, NO. Whatsmore, with anyone of those players in the team you could be sure that any of our young players wouldn't dream of, let alone consider, stepping out of line or showing any signs of disrespect. Wenger has taken the best team in the world, a side which was invincible, and replaced them with a group of individual players with no particular allegiance to the club, whose best hopes of silverware is the Carling Cup. All of this to supposedly save money, yet we have the second highest wage bill in the prem?!

    Not only should Gallas be stripped of the captaincy, he should be dropped. Bring in the 'real' Captain, Kolo Toure(someone who was around with the all conquering Arsenal legends of 04), partner him with Djourou at the back and see what happens. It surely can't be as bad as the 9 goals in 4 games conceded by Gallas and Silvestre. (Chelsea and Untied rejects who are apparently still good enough for Arsenal though).

    I hate to be so negative but the club has become a joke, and its choice of Captain is the punch line. They need to re-install some figures at the club that represent Arsenal and can actually galvanise some unity and respect. Why Keown was never made permanent defensive coach after guiding a back four of Eboue, Toure, Senderos and Flamini to the best ever defensive record in the Champions League remains a mystery.

    It's been said before but Wenger needs to buy a clear, proven, experienced quality centre back and defensive midfielder in January. I don't have much hope as aside from Campbell and Toure, Wenger has never signed a decent centre back. Can you imagine any of Stephanovs, Tavlaridis, Luzhny, Cygan, Senderos or Song ever playing for ManUre, Chelsea or Liverpool. Not a chance. Its dark days to be an Arsenal fan, and while Gallas is captain and his team of whiners and individuals carry on as they have been, the situation doesn't look like improving.]]>

  • valkariyre

    < ![CDATA[I don't think Gallas is the ideal captain BUT among many other things whose fault is it that he is? Was it given out as a raffle prize, a lucky dip or as a Xmas prsesent? No it was given to him by our manager Arsene Wenger!

    If Gallas is not a natural leader such as Adams then how can he be blamed for doing a poor job. If Wenger asked Sagna to play left wing or in goal and looked less than impressive at that task would you blame Sagna?

    The fact is we have not had a natural leader since Viera left us. We had the same problems with Henry if not worse. The pinnacle being Titi blaming the world and his wife for us losing to Barcelona when he had a one on one to put us two up! Henry was no leader either and seriously fucked off a lot of other players!

    People are knocking Gallas's performances and it is true they have not been so clever. However, anyone who knows football would understand how much easier it is to play centre half when you have a good partner beside you and a good screen in front of you. Gallas has neither. Again, whose fault is that? Having to coax a headless chicken such as Kolo through a game whilst also having the flimsiest of midfields protecting you is no easy task and anyones own personal displays would suffer through it. Put Rio Ferdinand in the Newcastle back four and see how assured he would look. You defend as a unit and no matter how good you are personally, if the rest of the unit is sub-standard you yourself are brought down to the level of the collective.

    I have also read how Gallas is not in the same class as Adams and Viera and as a player no he is not. As a captain no he isn't either but I tell you what.....I haven't read about Gallas going to prison, falling down night club stairs and smashing his head open or spitting in players faces. Gallas's outburst at Birmingham was wrong but I tell you what, I would prefer our captain doing that because he cared rather than the other examples that have been given. Nobody is perfect so try and remember our past captains antics before you tear Gallas apart.

    The problems at the club come from the top and are partially if not wholly Wenger's fault. If Arsene had bought a natural leader, a decent partner for Gallas and/or a decent defensive screen to replace Flamini we might not have seen this circus....in fact we wouldn't have as the playing side would have been stronger and more of a unit. Wenger is culpable for this and it is amazing that the "Wenger can do no wrong" crowd still back him and cannot see that it is Wengers decisions alone that have dropped us in the shit.

    In the paper today I read that Gallas is to be stripped of the captaincy. Well fine, it may help but it smacks of a knee jerk reaction! Who is he going to make skipper now? Our vice captain who happens to be the fourth best centre half at the club and who is playing poorer than at any stage of his career? Oh that will help! Another good bit of planning there Arsene! Shall we give it to Cesc? Nope we can't as he is banned anyhow and is struggling so much with his form it is shocking (by the way this can be attributed to Wenger's decision not to buy also). Does Cesc need that extra burden now? The fact is we have no natural leaders in the side so you may as well give it to Almunia or Bendtner!

    If you want to blame someone for this then blame Wenger! He has lead us into this turmoil and his grossly flawed decision making has left us vulnerable and struggling. He chooses the captain, the side, the squad and who he buys and sells. Errors in all these departments have contributed to what will no doubt be another trophyless season. Blind faith put in flawed policies equals one thing...disaster! If we fail to even for the CL then that must be seen as a disater by the club and he has to be removed as he won't remove himself.

    As a final note, if you are looking for someone to blame why not try Van Persie. Again I read he is at the centre of the in fighting and we have been here before with Robin. He looks disinterested, his form is shite and pathetic acts like at Stoke have left an already weak strike force even thinner and more fragile. If RvP had been banging them in and leading by example then he has a right to dig at others and complain but the fact is he has become an arrogant self serving show pony whose only trick seems to be to moan! If he is the source of unrest then flog this c**t in January and not our best centre half!

    Start looking at the bigger picture people and not the easiest target. Tough decisions have to be made at out club and I promise you changing our captain because he had the balls to speak up will change very little if indeed anything.

    Nice and easy though hey to blame Gallas, the ex-Chelsea player, rather than a prima donna centre forward with an attitude problem or the manager who brought us success in the past but is now looking and sounding like man who has lost the plot!

    Wenger has to be held responsible!]]>

  • samri

    < ![CDATA[We can all agree or disagree on Gallas's place as a player and captain at the club but ultimately there is one man who could have stopped this from happening or who could have nipped it in the bud when the signs became obvious.

    Wenger has had ample opportunity to correct his own mistake and has not. He alone has the power to hire and fire the same as any other manager. As a manager of a team of over 60 guys in the past I know that one bad apple can upset the whole group. The answer is simple. You either get them back into line or you get shot of them. That is simple man-management.

    You have to mae a decision based on the positives that individual brings to the team versus the the troublesome side of their nature. If they can be reined in all well and good and you encourage the positives whilst managing the negativesm that is what you are paid to do.

    We all know Gallas is a nutter, that is not in doubt. It should also be noted he is our best centre half. So there is your judgement to make. Do the pro's outway the con's?

    Wenger has failed to man-manage a player and a situation. If you put a lunatic (Gallas) in charge of an already unstable unit (the team) are you really suprised when this happens.

    Again, I am not defending Gallas as a person. That is far too hard to do. What I am saying is that this sorry mess could have been stopped by a certain Arsene Wenger. The fact it has not is down to him.

    Gallas is not a good person or a good capta-n agreed but he is a good player. The fact he is captain by default tells its own story about our team and why we are erratic at best. Simply we lack class.

    "In Arsene We Trust" you say!

    I would have trusted him a whole lot more if he made simple and swift decisions that would have helped avoid this debacle.

    Yes Gallas maybe a bellend but so were Henry, Campbell, Parlour, Adams and Wright in their own particular ways. Managed by a sane and decisive manager however, they still gave a whole load in a positive way to Arsenal.]]>

  • barry

    < ![CDATA[Wenger has had ample opportunity to correct his own mistake and has not. He alone has the power to hire and fire the same as any other manager. As a manager of a team of over 60 guys in the past I know that one bad apple can upset the whole group. The answer is simple. You either get them back into line or you get shot of them. That is simple man-management.

    You have to mae a decision based on the positives that individual brings to the team versus the the troublesome side of their nature. If they can be reined in all well and good and you encourage the positives whilst managing the negativesm that is what you are paid to do.

    We all know Gallas is a nutter, that is not in doubt. It should also be noted he is our best centre half. So there is your judgement to make. Do the pro's outway the con's?

    Wenger has failed to man-manage a player and a situation. If you put a lunatic (Gallas) in charge of an already unstable unit (the team) are you really suprised when this happens.

    Again, I am not defending Gallas as a person. That is far too hard to do. What I am saying is that this sorry mess could have been stopped by a certain Arsene Wenger. The fact it has not is down to him.

    Gallas is not a good person or a good capta-n agreed but he is a good player. The fact he is captain by default tells its own story about our team and why we are erratic at best. Simply we lack class.

    "In Arsene We Trust" you say!

    I would have trusted him a whole lot more if he made simple and swift decisions that would have helped avoid this debacle.

    Yes Gallas maybe a bellend but so were Henry, Campbell, Parlour, Adams and Wright in their own particular ways. Managed by a sane and decisive manager however, they still gave a whole load in a positive way to Arsenal.]]>

  • Dan

    < ![CDATA[Samri - Why your saying Wenger SHOULD be blamed as if he has been portrayed as faultless for our current situation is beyond me. People have been calling for his head, which is way over the top. Are you suggesting he should be sacked if you want him punished further?

    If no one else at the club is captain material, how can Wenger be at fault. Your saying he chose the best candidate. Do you think he should have brought someone in and made them captain straight up? If so, who?

    I'm not sure how the whole situation could have been avoided bar looking into a crystal ball. Maby if we had kept Gilberto captain way back, and played him instead of Flamster last year, he would still be with us today playing well partnering Fab. On the other hand maby not.

    Bottom line is, Gallas has showed himself to be a stroppy - when the chips are down he will lie down kind of guy. He only shows passion when he is in the mood. He generally denies all blame for everything and points the finger elsewhere. He seemingly lacks any man management ability, and fails to get anyone to raise their game.

    You can call those players bellends if you wish, but they played for Arsenal as opposed to themselves. Its clear when someone doesn't have the clubs best interests at heart, and its clear Gallas doesn't. His wording is something like "I must win a trophy this year". I mean come on.]]>

  • Fo

    Gallas is an idiot, we should loan him to Leeds and then play Djourou and bring back Senderos.

  • raj

    < ![CDATA[Dan, your last post is full of flaws.
    few points, yes wenger could have replaced someone in the departure of the flamster, but he thought denilson would do the business but obviously he hasnt. and its costing us every game.

    Gilberto was also getting a bit past it i think and imo i think that was a good sell,
    Now The gallas issue is a bit tricky. He did seem to have all the attributes to be a captain but him throwing his toys out of the pram at brum showed he is not fit to lead the team and wenger should have clipped him one then.

    even now i doubt wenger deals with this situation directly- not sure how he thinks the team will pull together against man city as our whole team is in dis harmony]]>

  • I believe

    < ![CDATA[Now is about supporting Arsenal, deifying Wenger, and saying what a load of silly people all the other football teams are. (Apart from Torquay United, who I also support for reasons that will not become clear at this time).

    But of course a quick glance at the EPL table will suggest that things are not as fine as they could be.

    What is amusing at the moment however is to read even the supposedly serious papers talk about “meltdown” and “crisis”. As we know, if a week is a long time in politics (Harold Wilson) then its a bloody eternity in football (me).

    So, what I says is, if we are going to have a problem or two, let’s have them all at once, sort them out and then move on. Let’s deal with the Gallas issue, deal with the thieving of gloves from the locker room (or whatever it is all about), deal with the fact that we have lost to Fulham, Hull, Anti-Football and Stoke, deal with the fact that the EPL - not content with letting Birmingham cripple our brilliant striker, has now arranged to do it again themselves. In fact, one massive sort out, and we’ll be fit.

    This will be particularly good for two reasons.

    First, a lot of other teams can’t deal with their problems that easily. Manchester Bankrupt and Liverpool Insolvency are, well, bankrupt and insolvent. And no one wants to lend them money. Newcastle can’t find a buyer, and nor can Everton. The Tiny Fantasists are in the bottom two despite Harry Hots, and the entire existance of CSKA Fulham remains dependent on the whim of one man.

    There is a real possibility that within a couple of years some of those teams will not be around in their present form.

    Second, we have a wonderful set of new players coming in at the time of the January transfer window. Eduardo will be up and running and playing, Rosicky seems finally to have found the problem with his knee and should be back, Wilshere will start getting a game or three, and so will the wonderful Ramsey. Bischoff has come through his rehab and he is looking increasingly promising. Song is looking better each game and so is Djourou.

    So there it is - all the problems that have been nagging at us, all resolved in one big bust up in the next week, and a great bunch of new arrivals coming in through Xmas and the New Year - plus of course lots of money if the Lord Wenger wants to buy.

    Looks quite a bright future to me. Of course there are 2,594,984,392,090 fans who think that the newspapers are right, and that we are in a deep crisis, the world is about to end, and Arsenal in “meltdown” as the Guardian said today. (Shame on you Guardian writers, trotting out old hack words). We’ll end up 9th and won’t win any cups.]]>

  • Dan

    < ![CDATA[Raj, are you gonna point the flaws out to me?

    I never spoke of replacing Flamini.

    I said MABY if we kept Gilberto, he would still be great today... maby not. Personally i think he would have led the team better than Gallas.

    The majority are moaning about Wenger these days, at the same time as pointing out everyone is behind him. They are the posts that are flawed.]]>

  • maverik

    < ![CDATA[After the week this team’s had we all need some good news and Eduardo being 1 week away from full training is about as good a news as I can imagine. Add in that Theo is optimistic about his recovery and saying that he might be back in 2 months rather than the 3-5 months others have put him out for and we might be able to blow away the demons that threaten to tear this team apart.

    2 years ago now, I was chatting with a Man U supporter who was parroting the line about how Arsenal made a ton of chances but never took them. It was the type of thing that you read incessantly in the press and I had a ton of facts to back up my position; that Arsenal scored plenty of goals, the problem was in the defense. Then reality beat my numbers all to hell: I had just returned from England and as usual Arsenal go on a streak of losing — 1-1 to PSV, 1-0 to Everton, 4-1 to Liverpool, 1-0 to West Ham and the season was over, kicked out of all competitions. I had to admit that he was right. Arsenal needed a goal poacher someone who could put the ball in the net when the keeper spilled it, a “fox in the box,” a Robert Pires if you will.

    Then as if to just pile on the misery, Thierry Henry left and the world said “Arsenal are dead,” hell, even I was worried! Where was Arsenal going to get goals?

    How about a blinky Brazilian who plays for Croatia and keeps goals in his pocket, would that do?

    When Wenger signed Eduardo the whole world immediately looked him up on youtube and wikipedia. The thing that stood out, really, wasn’t his goals, they aren’t typically magical, but the fact that his goal scoring record for club and country was simply amazing. 73 goals in 111 appearances is insane, even if you are playing against some of the worst players in the world, which he wasn’t. Add in that he scored 13 goals in 22 appearances for Croatia and scored them against some of the world’s best competition (England, etc) and you might be able to see what Arsene Wenger saw.

    Before Martin Taylor broke Eduardo’s leg, he had notched up 12 goals and 8 assists in 31 matches in his very first season with Arsenal. Typically the first year is an adjusting year, but Eduardo wasn’t having any of that: the net looked the same in England as it had in Croatia.

    He was the real deal, a bona fide goal poacher and the key to Arsenal’s renewed success — before Martin Taylor broke his leg. Unfortunately, the kid has been out since February 23rd, 2008 with a fractured and dislocated tibia and ankle. At the time, walking, much less playing, would have seemed a miracle.

    And now he’s back? 1 week away from joining the team? It’s almost like a dream. Maybe he’ll join Arsenal as a late sub against Chelsea? Maybe Wenger will put him in the Carling Cup away to Burnley? I don’t know yet, but I can say that this is the best bit of news Arsenal supporters have had all month.

    Come get us some goals Dudu, Arsenal needs you!]]>

  • JDD

    < ![CDATA[GALLAS IS A GREAT DEFENDER BUT NOT CAPTAIN
    WENGER SHOULD STRIP HIM OF THE CAPTAINCY AND GIVE IT TO CLICHY,FABREGAS,TOURE OR VAN PERSIE
    THE COMMENTS HE MADE WERE STUPID AND WHO CARES IF THERE IS A FIGHT AT HALF-TIME IT SHOWS HOW PASSIONATE THE PLAYERS ARE.]]>

  • Fabrez!

    Sky Sports say that Gallas is no longer captain!!!! I’m mixed about that but don’t think he was captain material 2 b honest!!! WHO SHUD OUR NEW CAPTAIN BE??? KOLO perhaps???? ALMUNIA??? Cesc is too young!

  • Fabrez!

    I mean i think Cesc will b good but it will strain his performance!

  • Pissed off

    AM thinking of whom the cap will fit! Its a tough call. No one is up to the standard I expect, unless Kolo or Aluminia, or will Wenger consider Silvestre?lol.

  • Fabrez!

    Noooooo plz no to Silvestre!!! lol I think that wud b kinda disrespectful to Kolo!!! Kolo is my front-runner for long-term Arsenal captain…he has served long enuff…enuff expreience and i think he’s the right man for the job. Almunia is getting stiff competition from Lukasz Fabianski so i’d say no to him.

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