William Gallas will return to the Arsenal first team fold for tomorrow’s match against Dinamo Kiev, but he has permanently lost the captain’s armband.
Arsene Wenger confirmed as much today when he revealed that Cesc Fabregas will skipper the Gunners tomorrow night, although it appears that Le Gaffer is still to make that appointment a full-time role.
"William will play against Kiev, but the captain of the team will be Fabregas," Wenger said earlier today. "I do not think I have to especially explain why I make the decisions, but it is a permanent thing."
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"It is a good opportunity now for us to show we have strength and ability - you know how it works, you go from fantastic to a catastrophe, but real life is somewhere in between," said Le Boss.
"Even if we are at the moment frustrated, it is not all doom and gloom. We have a strong belief in our ability and we have a good opportunity to show we care about the club and that we can qualify tomorrow."
Cesc’s first game in charge could be a tricky one, however, as both Samir Nasri and Abou Diaby have been ruled out through injury and given that Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky are long term injuries, it’s tricky to see where Arsenal can find any experienced wide players for the Champions League clash.
That dilemma aside, it’s time for us Gooners to do what we’ve not had to do for the past 12 years – support the team when they are struggling. In case anyone has forgotten, that’s part and parcel of the fan/club relationship – it’s because we’ve had it so very very good for so long, thanks to Wenger, that a lot of people seem to forget that we don’t have a divine right to be in the top four.
So although we might be hugely pissed off at Gallas, he’s suffered publicly for his mistake and a show of support for Whinging Willie would be welcome to hear at the Emirates tomorrow evening.
More to the point, it’s Fabregas’s first match as captain, but hopefully he will remain as the club talisman for many years to come, so let’s get behind Cesc’s Arsenal and show that both the team and the fans have the strength to bounce back after a disappointing start to the season.
COME ON YOU GUNNERS!!