William Gallas determined to see out Arsenal contract

20 January 2009 09:11
The French defender's future has been shrouded in uncertainty after a series of outspoken comments about team-mates, and the fractious nature of the Arsenal dressing room, led to manager Arsene Wenger's decision to strip him of the armband.

The duties of leading the team were handed to Cesc Fabregas and, in his absence through injury, the armband has been worn mainly by goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

An apparent break down in the player's relationship with Wenger, and difficulties with certain team-mates, alerted a number of European sides to his availability, and a move has been expected either in the January transfer window or at the end of the season.

However, Gallas has suggested his future lies at the Emirates Stadium, at least until he becomes a free agent when his options for a move will be greatly increased.

'I am concentrating on my future, finishing my contract with Arsenal and seeing where I'll go in two years,' said Gallas.

Gallas has proved a divisive and disruptive character in every dressing room he has been in.

After winning two Premier League titles witch Chelsea he made the controversial move across London, with reports at the time indicating he had told the management there that, were he not allowed to leave, his mental state would be such that he would be likely to score own goals against Chelsea.

Source: Telegraph

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