Arsene Wenger will use the summer period to decide on the Arsenal captain for next season.
Arsene Wenger has yet to decide if William Gallas will stay on as Arsenal captain next season, but has confirmed that he will continue until the end of this season.
William Gallas,30, proudly took on the responsibility at the beginning of the season and despite critics questioning the decision, when Arsenal were riding high in the Premier League and in Europe Wenger was praised for spotting his credentials. However, as pressure mounted towards the business end of these campaigns, Arsenal and Gallas seemed to buckle and his leadership qualities were questioned.
Gallas has been scrutinised for a string of controversial moments with the armband. Firstly his reaction to a late penalty being conceded in the 2-2 draw at Birmingham back in February, when he staged a sit down on the pitch after the game. Gallas then went on to criticise young team mate Theo Walcott in a magazine interview, and finally for making over zealous chants to his team mates in front of a camera before the Chelsea game towards the end of last month.
I want to analyse the season after it has finished. At the moment he will be my captain until the end of the season.
I believe he has learned a lot this year and I can only say that his commitment and desire to do well was exceptional. For the rest, I wouldn’t like to go into any individual assessment at the moment.
I made that decision and I have to stand up for that decision, I have to protect the team and the individuals as well at the moment. They get criticised and maybe we deserve critics at the moment.