There’s been more rumblings about Gallas’ comments over the past 24 hours, with reactions either being that he is absolutely right and it’s about time someone said it, to accusations of disloyalty and people saying he should keep his ever increasing mouth shut.
I don’t think anyone truly believes that this squad will win the Premiership next season without strengthening in some key areas. But having arrived on deadline day last season, Gallas should know precisely when that day is. It isn’t today, or tomorrow, it’s eight weeks away. That is the time to judge a squad’s strength, not early in the summer when Arsenal rarely do business. Moreover, there is a way of getting the answers you’re after, and it isn’t by stirring up the media through your personal website.
As I said yesterday, I really wouldn’t mind if Gallas was moved on now. His partnership with Toure looked poor last season, and I know which one of the two I’d keep. Would you rather have a younger fighter who inspires the team and would be an excellent captaincy candidate, or a moaning one who has never shown the club his true ability, any signs of leadership and responsibility, or, for that matter, stopped talking about his old club.
Did I load that question enough?
In any case, I, like many fans, have now had enough of him and his constant wittering. But I also suspect that he knows exactly what he is doing. He can probably see two ways this will end.
One. Wenger will sign the sort of player that would make him happy, and he will smugly stay.
Two. This is the beginning of him muttering enough to earn him a move.
The first one may happen, but it would be purely out of coincidence, Wenger won’t buy to pacify his players, he didn’t with Vieira, he didn’t with Henry, and he certainly won’t with Gallas. He will bring in the players he believes to be the right ones, and not give two hoots who agrees.
I suspect the second option will come about. Probably not this summer, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wenger try out a few more defensive options this season and move Gallas on in a years time.
And unless he buckles down, shuts up, and commits himself to the Arsenal, I’d happily contribute a kick out of the door.