William Gallas' latest outburst, Football Fancast columnist Alex Dimond wonders how the Frenchman's words can possibly have a
positive effect on Arsenal.
William Gallas has launched yet another withering
attack on his Arsenal colleagues, this time while away on international duty
The 31-year-old central defender has been
dismayed by the poor performances and lack of team spirit amongst his teammates
this season. As reported by the Daily
Telegraph, Gallas said:
are coming up against teams who are not scared to play football against us. We
are not brave enough in battle. I think we need to be soldiers. We have to be
Tottenham, there was a problem at half-time. The only thing I could say to them
was that we resolve these problems after the match, not in the break.
are things that can't be said and can't be tolerated."
Gallas – who infamously sat on the St.
Andrews pitch in a public display of a disaffection after a disappointing 2-2
draw with Birmingham – believes that he ends up being the scapegoat for a lot
of the team's criticism, and it is unfair:
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.
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
If Gallas' maths is correct, then either
Robin van Persie or Bacary Sagna is the villain of the Frenchman's piece.
Whether attacking the two players publically is the right way of going about
things, however, is another matter.
The complaint may be valid – but will
either man appreciate and respond positively to such a public attack on their
The Frenchman – whose country endured a 0-0
draw with Uruguay in midweek – also believes he might not know the key reason
behind his teammates' lack of ambition:
big contracts] make the difference, perhaps. You can rest on your laurels,
that's for sure," he said.
It is difficult to have sympathy with
Gallas' position, however. If there is a serious problem with morale within the
Arsenal camp – which there appears to be – then of course the former Chelsea
man is right to attempt address it. But is the media, particular the foreign
media, the best way of going about it?
It certainly doesn't appear so, especially
considering Gallas also suggested that manager Arsene Wenger doesn't seem to
care about the club's form, or if he does he "hides it well".
As a captain, Gallas is meant to lead by
example. Criticising the troops he is meant to be inspiring is surely more
likely to create mutiny than respect -especially as Gallas seemed to reveal
that his outburst was motivated by a selfish desire for personal success:
have to win something this year. I have to win something, It's four or five years
since Arsenal won anything. That's nearly five years, and that's not good."
Never one to curb his enthusiasm and
emotions, Gallas has once again upset the applecart.
But, having hardly been the most consistent
Gunners performer this season, will this latest outburst finally provoke a