The Gunners have dropped points against Fulham, Hull and Sunderland this season. While nothing should be taken away from this trio of teams, such is the consistency of Manchester United and Chelsea (we’ll reserve judgement on Liverpool for now!), that Arsenal cannot afford to lose and draw matches against these sort of teams.
Much has been made of William Gallas’ captaincy, and it’s a discussion which certainly won’t go away after the skipper’s latest comments on Sky Sports. I’m all for honesty, but surely admitting that you feel a bit tired and that you’re not playing particularly well at the moment won’t cheer the fans up very much.
He said in L’Equipe: “I can say we have not seen the Gallas from 2006 this term so far. In a few matches, I have not been so good. With the French team in Sweden and Austria, I was not very good at some moments.
“I would close my eyes if I would say I am strong. That would mean I don’t recognise I did have a few bad performances, as recently with my club against Hull City. Maybe I feel a little tried.
“Do I experience the most difficult period since I joined Arsenal? We could say yes. Above all I miss consistency. One match is good, the other one is not so good. However, I am doing everything to get to my best again.”
Arsenal fans, what do you made of this admission? Should Gallas continue as captain, or should Wenger relieve him of the armband and allow the central defender to rediscover the form that has made him into one of the Premier League’s best players? We’re only a handful of matches into the season and the Frenchman is a key senior player for the club, who needs to be at his very best if the Gunners are going to win something this season.