Date: 1st September 2006 at 2:30am
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Arsene Wenger has defied Jose Mourinho and brought Chelsea defender William Gallas to Arsenal.

Gallas became a Gunner after being involved in a swap deal with Ashley Cole. The saga, probably the longest running in history, ended as both clubs finally came to an agreement after a long and painstaking negotiation.

The French international is widely reputed as Chelsea’s best defender ahead of John Terry, and in fact, since Gallas has been out of the side Chelsea have looked decidedly shaky at set pieces.

Arsenal will now have a solid central pairing of Kolo Toure and William Gallas, indeed many people would think that this is the best pair of centre back for any team in England, if not Europe.

The Gunners will receive £5 Million along with Gallas from Chelsea for the services of Ashley ‘Fed to the sharks’ Cole.

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