Just when you think the stock of William Gallas can’t get any lower in the eyes of his club’s own fans, he goes and trumps all that has gone before.
Speaking in a now widely quoted interview, Gallas said of ‘a teammate’:
“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’m 31, the player is six years younger than me. I am trying to defend myself a bit without giving names. Otherwise I’m taking it all (the blame). It’s very frustrating.”
So, to sum up, Gallas, the captain of our club, is refusing to take any blame for a lack of unity of the field by passing the buck to another player. First off, that is disgraceful on a number of counts. One, it is his responsibility to unite players, and if he wants them to respect him he damn well has to earn it. Second, that he is even speaking about this to the press should see him stripped of the captaincy. Players fall out all the time, but it must be kept in house. Bleating to the media about it is pathetic, and unbecoming of a man who claims to be a leader of any kind.
To make matters worse, he utters the line: ‘I’m 31, the player is six years younger than me.’ That is such an unnatural conversational line, and he knows it. It is clear that despite claiming he doesn’t want to name names, he quite deliberately does, and makes it abundantly clear than he and Van Persie have a problem.
Now, that in itself is not a surprise. Two gifted, slightly unstable, and undoubtedly arrogant characters are not two you’d expect to stick in a room together and become the best of friends. But to vocalise this outside the dressing room is frankly out of order.
Gallas is acting with selfish self-interest, trying to shift the blame from himself to another player. That is unacceptable from any player, but from a captain it is unforgivable.
In the same interview, he claimed dressing room unrest at half time in the Spurs game. Again, what agenda does he have spouting all this off for the world to hear?
I’m not normally driven to colourful language on this blog, but Gallas, fuck off. The sooner he is removed as captain of Arsenal, the better.
Enough is enough, surely. It is clear he has lost the dressing room, and the fans. He still thinks he is bigger and more important that the rest of the players, perhaps even the club, and he needs to be comprehensively shown that this isn’t the case, preferably with a boot up his backside.