Two mistakes and you're out: should William Gallas get the same treatment as Jens Lehmann?

Cast your mind back a year ago. Jens Lehmann makes two mistakes and he gets dropped from the Arsenal first team.

Fast forward again to the past 10 days and we've got William Gallas trying to play an offside trap on his own against West Brom, which nearly costs us a goal and then him switching off against Fulham to give away the only goal of the match.

So will Arsene Wenger drop Gallas? Somehow I doubt it. Le Gaffer has already shown faith in Willie by confirming him as captain again for this season, making it unlikely he'll relegate the skipper to the bench.

But with Johan Djourou and Mikael Silvestre now waiting in the wings, I actually don't see what the problem would be. Indeed, by dropping Gallas it would send out a message to the rest of the team that if you are not on top form, then you don't make the Gunners' starting line up.

I was at Craven Cottage on Saturday and I have to say the thing that galled me most about our captain's performance was his attitude. At one point in the second half Denilson gave away the ball and rather than getting encouragement from Gallas - or even a harsh word - all our captain did was put his hands on his hips, kick the turf and shake his head. Hardly inspirational.

After Saturday's game, the signing of Silvestre is all of a sudden looking like a very good piece of business by Wenger and if Gallas has another shocker I'm hoping we'll see the former ManUre player on the pitch soon.

But the next few days could prove a big test for Le Boss, with his players and us Gooners watching carefully to see if he'll be as ruthless with Gallas as he was with Mad Jens last season.

If he is not, hopefully it's because Arsene will have been too busy bringing in the midfielder he promised us he would before the FC Twente game on Wednesday...