By 1970’s Gooner
What is the point of being captain when you can’t keep your mouth shut?
I thought the captain should be vocal during the games not after. And especially not to the newspapers.
It’s obvious to me what Gallas is doing.
He has been heavily criticised on many occasions in the past for lack of leadership. This was especially so at the end of that fateful afternoon at Birmingham where Eduardo broke his foot and we conceded a last minute penalty.
The criticism carried on and reached a climax after the dreadful 4-4 draw against Spurs and the abysmal display during the defeat against Villa.
So Gallas goes public blaming everybody else but himself.
“There are teams who can do it well against us, and we have to be able to face up to these attacks. That is how they will forge their character, and how they will get experience. Even though they've played a certain number of matches, they're still young and still learning” he said of his team mates, to the papers.
In other words it’s the young players fault not mine…
He went on to blame one Arsenal, 25 year old, player for disrupting the dressing room harmony!
“When, 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.
I'm 31, the player is six years younger than me."
“I am trying to defend myself a bit without giving names. Otherwise I'm taking it all [the blame]. It's very frustrating," he said.
So he is even admitting it himself. He is really saying “it’s unfair as it’s not my fault but this other player’s!
Come off it Mr Gallas. Stop spouting out to the press things that should be kept behind closed doors.
This is the job of a real captain. Someone who will try and resolve things quietly, liaise between the players and the manager and try and restore some harmony.
Not going public in an attempt that can only be interpreted as trying to absolve yourself of any blame for the team’s recent poor form.
This is the last thing we needed...