Regular readers of my blog will know that I rate William Gallas as a world-class defender and I'm more than happy with him being at our club. I always supported him, even when many Gooners were ready to throttle him.
I believed that he was a great captain for Arsenal. I'm ready to admit I was wrong on that part. The captaincy was too difficult a job for William Gallas at Arsenal. I don't think he was helped by the media jumping on his every mistake but maybe it was a step too far for him.
He was never really accepted by many Gooners as the new skipper either. What we needed to remember was that he was new to the job and had to learn how to be captain. He was never given that chance.
Whats certain is that since the captaincy has been removed from him we Gooners have seen Gallas produce arguably his best form in an Arsenal shirt since he joined. That says a lot to me. It proves he is strong mentally because he could gone to pieces like many people said he would.
Instead we have seen William Gallas come out fighting and producing the kind of performances we expected from him. I think he deserves a lot of credit for that and I hope that the Gooners who doubted him now realise what a good player he is.
A lot of people (including Gooners) predicted that Gallas would be trouble when he was demoted as skipper. We haven't heard a peep from him. If anything it seems to have motivated him into proving people wrong. What a reaction from Gallas.
I think Gallas is misunderstood. The rant that finally cost him the job of being captain was true in many ways. He only told the truth and really he was only echoing what many Gooners were also thinking at the time.
Maybe he should have kept quiet but perhaps he believed a kick up the arse was what the players needed. It worked. Look at Arsenal now. A long run of unbeaten results have since followed. Would people have reacted the same if the words were spoke by Patrick Vieira when he was captain? I doubt it.
Anyway, Gallas is proving a lot of people wrong and I hope they realise it and are not too stubborn to admit it. I've admitted I was wrong that Gallas was a great captain. The circumstances didn't help him but it was a step too far for him to take.
Arsenal are now seeing the true player Gallas is. And I'm glad.
Keep it Goonerish..............