“Gallas will play against Kyiv. But he will not captain the team, it will be Cesc Fabregas. “This is a permanent thing. But I don’t think I especially have to explain why. I have given you information but I do not have to explain to you why I make these decisions. “This subject is now closed. You have to respect a little bit of the team’s privacy.” In light of Gallas’ book in which he condemns both Arsene and many of the current team, Arsene had no choice. But he did make, what I believe to be the only viable choice for the captain’s role. This and last season, Cesc has been the outstanding player and leader of our team and in some quarters, the dip in form could be related to taking orders from a crazy captain. I honestly think Arsene has made the right decision. But was the decision made because of stumbling form. Is there a crisis going on with the team, so bad that the only way we can recover is to make Cesc captain. Is this the final attempt? Is this the lats throw of the dice? Or is it the only sensible decision this season? Clichy has been talking about Cesc and is happy he’s the captain.
“It is a new start and I hope Cesc will do well. I’m sure he will. When he started in the team everyone was saying he was too young to have so much responsibility but he has shown he can handle a team and put in good performances. “I’m one of the older players now but, it’s not only about age, it’s more about togetherness. Of course I will do my best to help my team-mates and I’m sure all the players will give him all the support he needs to be one of the best. I’m not scared of saying that he is the key player in the squad so he deserves the respect of the boss. “His performances over the last couple of years have been fantastic and so I feel it is a good choice. For example when we played this year against Sunderland, we were losing 1-0 but he scored the header and we drew the game. That shows the character of Cesc. “And, last year against Milan he scored a goal that makes you feel this kind of player is really important in the team. The only thing Cesc has to do now is play his best football. I’m really happy for him and I’m sure he will do well.”And Clichy says what we’re all thinking. Let’s not be scared of this decision, let’s embrace it. It is the new start that we need. A real leader, someone who the players look up, despite his relatively young age. Cesc is really the one player who commands respect. The one player who everyone knows give 100%. Yes, he’s not in the greatest form of his life, but this is something that will invigorate him, no doubt. Cesc has been speaking about the captaincy:
“It is a great honour for me to captain one of the biggest clubs in the world. It is a proud moment. I know it’s a big responsibility but together with my team-mates, I know we have the spirit and commitment to get back to winning ways and fulfil our potential.”That’s exactly what I want to hear. The next test will be to see how Gallas reacts to this, and whether he scores an own goal. I’m not going to sour this momentous day by talking about Gallas. Kyiv tomorrow will be Cesc’s first game as captain and I hope this is the start of a new era. Remember this day, Monday 24th November 2008, the day Cesc Fabregas became captain. ‘Til tomorrow…]]>