William Gallas is like marmite; You love him or you hate him.
I happen to love him. Lots. Like a brother. And will continue to do so at the best of my ability.
Most people hate him. Cool, that's their opinion. But I can't really understand why.
Sure, he made himself look a bit of a croissant when he started crying on the pitch at St Andrews but why is the grudge still held?
I reckon it's because of his Chelsea roots. Some still see him as that Chelsea bastard. I've heard with my own ears.
Yes he is outspoken and clearly has a high opinion of himself but after the things he has achieved in his career hasn't he got every right to be?
Remember back to the time he was stripped of his captaincy for 'that interview', can you honestly say that you didn't think the same things as he did?
As I read that interview I found myself nodding more than that damn Churchhill dog in agreement. The bloke made sense and it clearly hit home in the squad.
I don't think it was coincidence that performances began to pick up soon after.......
I still hear Gooners say get rid of him. I don't agree. How do you replace the best defender at the club?
How do you replace the most experienced player at the club?
The man has won plenty of silverware. He is a proven winner. We need more players like Gallas in the squad. A man with a winners mentality.
The only thing most of this Arsenal squad have won is a pound on a lottery scratch-card.
Gallas became the most hated man in the world after the incident at St Andrews. Judging by the reaction from the media and some Gooners you would have thought he had pulled down his pants and had a shit on the pitch.
He had just seen a fellow team-mates leg snapped worse than snap, crackle and pop, seen his side's title chances slip away and his only crime was it became too much for him.
Hand on heart can you tell me how you would have reacted? So what if he is a footballer, he is still human and has emotions.
Had Fabregas done the same would you react the same? Had John Terry done the same would the media have hounded him out like they did Gallas.
I thought it was a witch hunt!
If Arsenal cash in on William Gallas because he has one year on his contract and is coming up to 32 years of age then something is wrong. If anything we should be looking to increase his stay because believe me, we are a better side with Gallas than without him.
Forget his Chelsea roots, forget his outbursts, forget the media perception of him. Gallas is world-class and the best defender at the club.
Keep it Goonerish................