Discussion in 'Arsenal' started by Gunner14Kiwi, May 13, 2007.

  1. Gunner14Kiwi

    Gunner14Kiwi New Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    BlackCaps town
    William Gallas, want more expierence players next apparantly

    The Gunners star insists he will stay at the Emirates next season, despite dreaming of a future in Italy or Spain.
    But he took a swipe at boss Arsene Wenger’s reliance on his kids by blasting: “What Arsenal needed to compete with Manchester United or Chelsea was a few experienced players.
    “We have very good young ones — great players of the future — but they were given far too much responsibility throughout the season.
    “At one stage, they were unable to keep up. You need a richer squad when you want to play on all fronts.
    “Arsenal played only with their youngsters for most of the time and then there were injuries, notably Thierry Henry.”
    France defender Gallas, 29, admits he is not yet able to say whether his decision to join the Gunners was correct.
    He added: “I will be able to answer next year whether Arsenal match up to the new challenge I left Chelsea for.
    “My season was too spoiled by injury.
    “I will be at Arsenal next season. I want to stay another year to have a full one with this club.
    “This has been a season of adaptation. I left Chelsea at the last minute. I had to find my bearings with new team-mates while driving three hours a day to train as I could not move house.
    “I also had to get rid of World Cup fatigue. In the end, no one saw the great William Gallas. I wasn’t expecting that.
    “I had everything to prove and could not do so. I was coming off a full season with quite a lot of stress and had only two weeks’ holiday.”
    Gallas refuses to rule out leaving Arsenal at the end of next season for Spain or Italy.
    He explained: “Football lasts only so long. In a career plan, everyone wants to play for the greatest clubs. It is true this is a dream of mine.
    “Whether it is in one year, two or five, I do not know. These things come along by themselves. If I have to leave England, I will do so.”
    The one sure thing is Gallas will never return to Chelsea.
    He said: “The directors there did not realise the player they had. They lacked respect for me.”

    Thank to thesun newspaper.
  2. DaPrince84

    DaPrince84 Member+

    Aug 22, 2001
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    he wants to goto Spain next year? whats his contract like? it may be high time to sell him
  3. flyerhawk

    flyerhawk Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Hoboken NJ
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Nothing terribly shocking there. Can't really say I disagree with him.
  4. Arsenal_pwns_all

    Arsenal_pwns_all New Member

    Aug 13, 2004
    It might be for the better if he left; he's a world class defender but the Toure/Gallas partnership is quite poor in the air and that is a liablility.
  5. Naushad78

    Naushad78 New Member

    Jul 14, 2006

    Me too. Can't see anything wrong with that. He's reiterated his desire to play with this club and has pointed out a few glaring mistakes. Kudos to him.
    He always wanted to play in Italy or Spain and we knew that when we signed him. I think he'll see out another 2 years of his contract and then go.
  6. Aussie_gunner_14

    Aussie_gunner_14 New Member

    Jan 3, 2006
    Yeah I really can't picture him staying for longer than a few years.

    The partnership between Gallas and Toure is very much a bit undercut aerially.
  7. ibby

    ibby New Member

    Feb 21, 2005
    Sell him NEXT year and get Richards
  8. mixmastermatt

    mixmastermatt Member

    Nov 18, 2003
    St Albans, England
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    If we could get in Richards I'd be mega happy but I don't see it happening. I agree with every word Gallas has said here.
  9. RealMadGunner

    RealMadGunner Member

    Jul 19, 2006
    Arsenal FC
    The biggest signing for us in recent times .. Can you blame him ? We know we haven't met expectations and if our players want Gallas, who is a good defender, to remain in our team, they have to really up the game .. And he's been teh only player who's been saying we haven't been good enought to challenge for some silverware .. And isn't he right ?

    One thing is for sure .. We have good potential in the team .. We have to convert that potential to performance consistently .. And that requires experience .. Gallas is an ambitious player, like every good player in this planet .. We crawled our way to 4th place .. Got knocked out of CL, Fa Cup and CC was fileld with kids .. I'm happy that, Gallas, being our player, has critisised us, instead of blaming the season on injuries and bad finishing .. Hope we really improve our performances ..
  10. daedalus

    daedalus Member+

    Apr 24, 2004
    Arsenal FC
    Do I agree with him? Yes.

    Do I see the need for him to constantly yack about how horrible it is at Arsenal constantly? No.

    Keep it in-house and STFU already.
  11. impalemeplz

    impalemeplz Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    Arsenal FC
    delpierre has a year left on his contract with stuttgart. sign him up and boot the big mouth out please.:eek:
  12. Realwood

    Realwood Member

    Feb 11, 2004
    FC Dallas, Tucson
    Gallas is right.
  13. ZIAD

    ZIAD Member

    Oct 11, 2004
    At least he cares and wants to win!!! That is why Gallas is one of the best defenders in the world. The guy is a bull!! We need players like him.
  14. Fun with Acid

    Fun with Acid New Member

    Mar 12, 2004
    Lake Kinkaid
    That is the only point that needs to be made. Right or wrong he needs to shut his trap. I hope he is sold today.
  15. jameslamont

    jameslamont Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Norfolk, GB
    Gallas is 100% right and it's time Wenger started to realise that as well, the world class players at Arsenal do speak a lot of sense. Cesc springs to mind about Arsenal midfield not getting enough goals and Henry speaks sense about wanting two or three more world class players added to the squad.

    Why do people want him to be sold? He is a world class player and Arsenal need him fit and healthy. Perhaps he was unwise to speak out but maybe he felt it was the only way he could voice his opinion and get it heard.
  16. gunner0007

    gunner0007 Member+

    Jul 19, 2005
    Gallas is a good player but I think Wenger knows there is a good chance he won't be there for long and he would be there to give time for Djourou and Senderos to grow up.

    However, I really would like us to go for Richards. I know we have already too many right backs but lets grab him and give Eboue some serious competition. Eboue has a very good attack but he lacks discipline when coming back.... Lets give him some more incentive.
  17. Skizz

    Skizz Guest

    Richards has said anyway that when he leaves Man City in a couple of years he wants to play for Arsenal as we are "his team", so there's a good likelihood that we can get him.

    Gallas is getting on really. I agree with what he's said but it wouldn't surprise me if he goes abroad for a final challenge within the next 2-3 years.

    Richards actually came through the City youth system as a centre back and has been used there on a few occasions when Dunne or Distin has been injured. Realistically he could come in as a direct replacement for Gallas.
  18. gunner0007

    gunner0007 Member+

    Jul 19, 2005
    I'd really like for us to do that but the problem is that we would lack the Experience at the back. Djourou/Snderos/Richards....all are young, great defenders but lack the experience. Only Toure has the experience but when you look at it he is even young for an experienced defender. I think we need that experienced defender in there.

  19. surfcam

    surfcam Member

    Sep 8, 2004
    Corpus Christi, TX
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Thank you. We all know the score and moaning about it constantly doesn't do anybody any good. As a veteran player, he should be doing more to build a strong team spirit and respect rather than slagging everyone at every opportunity.
  20. kanonier

    kanonier Member+

    Nov 7, 2005
    Bloomington, Ind.
    Arsenal FC
    I don't dislike Richards, I think he's quality. I'm still a Senderos believer though, and hope we don't sell him off just yet. The big guy definitely has a slower learning curve, but I still think he can come through it to become a real quality center-back that's good in the air.
  21. flyerhawk

    flyerhawk Member

    Feb 5, 2006
    Hoboken NJ
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Who was he slagging with his comments?

    I don't think saying that we have a young talented team that needs more experience is slagging anyone nor is it particularly controversial.
  22. Skizz

    Skizz Guest

    Does anyone have an actual link to the article?
  23. zonametro

    zonametro ASU here I come!!

    Jan 26, 2006
    The last time I looked it wasn't the young players that were the worst on the field at PSV. We brought in a veteran defender and look how often he played!
  24. Skizz

    Skizz Guest

    Unbelievably, I agree. He made a point that EVERYONE on this forum has said at least once this season, that the team is too young and we are missing experience. It's alright for everyone to say it here but when one of our own players recognizes the problem, it's slag-off time? Jeez!
  25. Detlef

    Detlef Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    IMHO the criticism towards Gallas is because he didn't keep it in-house.

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