Football FanCast columnist Sunit
Thakurta wonders what gave William
Gallas the right to make those outbursts.
Gallas' much publicised public outburst following Arsenal's humiliating home
defeat to an outstanding Aston Villa side last week has come as a surprise to
the Arsenal fans and of course Arsene Wenger. The North London side cannot
afford to have someone as captain who frequently chooses to go public with his
side's internal problems and glad to see Wenger has taken appropriate action.
What made Gallas think he had the right to talk of player fights and animosities in front of the
media when there is a sincere and a committed lot of top coaching staff in
place to give direction to an inexperienced side? The likes of
Tony Adams, Patrick Viera were strong leaders even though they had disciplinary
problems of their own. They were successful and so was Arsenal because they
handled the media well and their off the field strong attitude reflected on the
ground. Gallas clearly let the power get to his head and how misguided he was.
Gallas is not the same man that he was with London rivals Chelsea. Since his
arrival at the Emirates in 2006, the Gallic defender, it seems, is a frustrated
man having failed to win a single trophy of any sorts since his move. Last
season's agonizing 2-2 draw with Birmingham City that virtually sealed the
Gunners' fate in the Premiership revealed William Gallas' frustrations towards
the end of the match when he went off the playing field at St Andrew's
virtually in tears even before the home side's injury time penalty was taken.
Gallas showed no signs of a captain by watching the penalty from the touchline
when he should have been in there waiting for any potential rebound. Arsene
Wenger should have taken action against his captain at that very moment yet
some force which the French manager knows himself prevented him from taking.
scathing attack on Arsenal's young guns, it seems Gallas has taken the issue
too far and Arsene Wenger now has an added responsibility to look after, to
prevent deep friction within the side which could snowball into something serious
in the next few weeks wrecking Arsenal's already faint title aspirations. The
mood has changed unbelievably in the past week. A fortnight ago the Emirates
came to life with a battling victory over champions Manchester United but all
the good work has come undone by events both on and off the field over the past
week. Wenger has made the right
decision to strip Gallas of the captaincy, which was in the best interests of
all, and we can only hope that Wenger looks to appoint someone who possesses
all the necessary attributes and one who is befitting of the Arsenal armband.