Date: 1st August 2007 at 8:00pm
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Arsenal centre half William Gallas says he would be ‘very proud’ if he were chosen to wear the captain’s armband at Arsenal next season.

The 30-year-old France international captained Arsenal as they lifted The Emirated Cup on Sunday, following a 2-1 victory over Inter Milan.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that he is indeed in the running to become the next Arsenal skipper following the departure of Thierry Henry.

In an interview with L’Equipe Gallas said: ‘I am 30 years old and I want to have more responsibilities both for my club and for the national team.

‘I am attracted to the idea of giving advice to the youngsters, to leading a group.

‘If they chose me to become the captain, I would not say no.

‘On the contrary, it would make me very proud to wear the captain’s armband for Arsenal.’


I have two problems with Gallas becoming captain.

The first is that in his interview he says ‘If they choose me…’ I don’t like the ‘they.’ A captain should be a part of the club, not just the team. He should have said something more like ‘If the boss…’ They sounds like he is refering to Arsenal as a different entity. Not something I want from an Arsenal captain.

The second is that he is too outspoken. Last season his complaining about the team was refreshing, as the season ended and his moaning got worse, it became annoying. His comments about ‘one considering their future,’ are the final nail in the coffin for me. How can you have a captain considering their future so openly? It’s another Henry waiting to happen.