Gallas Pledges His Future to Arsenal
Despite being being constantly hounded by accusations that he would be leaving to Real Madrid in the summer, William Gallas has pledged his allegiance to the Arsenal Football Club.
“Arsenal are my club and that is where my future lies. I came last summer for a long project and not for a single season. I have not had any contact with anyone at Real Madrid. I am very happy at Arsenal and it is not entering my head to leave.”
Since being embroiled in the own goal scandal at the very end of his Chelsea career, Gallas has been unfairly tagged as self-serving and troublesome by many supporters of both clubs. Gallas has been consistently criticised by many Arsenal supporters for his apparent selfishness but these comments should go a long way to silencing those critics.
Althought Gallas has definitely been below-par in this, his first season with the club, I believe that many supporters have been totally unfair in their criticism of the defender. Fans need to realise that Gallas’s contribution has been severely hampered because of two major reasons; consistent injury (which Arsenal player hasn’t this season!) and being played out of position. Gallas is most certainly a centre-back or right-sided defender, not the left-sided defender that Wenger employed him as at the start of the season.
Bearing this and his recent comments in mind, it is time for Arsenal fans to get off Gallas’s back and start giving him the respect he deserves. I think we can expect big things from Gallas next season and I see him as one of the biggest keys to any success for Arsenal. It’s good to see his focus is in the right place.
Cesc Points Out The Obvious
In other news today, the reliably engaging Cesc Fabregas has pointed out the obvious in saying that Arsenal’s inability to score goals has cost them dearly this season.
“We have played fantastic football, but the most important thing is goals. I am not going to use the excuse that we have been missing such a key player like Thierry Henry, or Robin van Persie, who were both in great form, because that is football. You have to find other solutions. We had them, and it is not just about the strikers. The only midfielder who scored the goals he should have is Gilberto, because he scored 10. That is good, but we should have scored more goals from midfield as well.”
Right on, little Cesc. Whilst fans will always fall back on the injuries of Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie there is really no excuse for such a poor output from the rest of the Arsenal attackers. Methinks some more work on finishing on the training ground might assist in overturning the team’s consistent inability to finish the multitude of chances they create (West Ham at home, anyone?).
Giant Keeper Looks Set To Join Arsenal
There has been a lot of speculation linking us with Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. As I had previously outlined the desperate need for Arsenal to sign a new goalkeeper to challenge Jens Lehmann, Fabianksi would be a more than welcome addition to the Arsenal squad. At only 22 years of age he is reportedly a better goalkeeper than Manchester United’s Tomasz Kuszczak, and at a massive 190cm should be better equipped to deal with the high ball better than Lehmann. Hopefully a more official decision is made in the near future because judging from the video below he looks a top, top prospect.
That’s just about it for today in the world of the Arsenal Football Club. With only one (virtually meaningless) game to go in the season, it is time to start looking towards the future and as such, there will be plenty of speculation and analysis about how the team will line up next season and what transfers – such as the Lukasz Fabianski deal – are likely to take shape. Stay tuned for more.