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Arsenal Star Gallas Wanted By Roma: Should Wenger Offer Veteran New Deal?

Is it time for Wenger to end Emirates over 30 contract policy?

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Sports News - January 21, 2010

William Gallas is a target for Roma, and they are planning to lure him from Arsenal in the summer, according to Il Corriere Dello Sport.

Gallas’ deal in north London expires in the summer and there has been no indication that he will renew it. Roma’s low-key spending policies mean he would be a welcome option as the transfer would be free.

At 33, Gallas is on the wrong side of Arsene Wenger’s youngster policy, meaning staying on will be tough given that the coach prefers to offer one-year extensions to players above 30.

Claudio Ranieri is keen on him, and the two worked together at Chelsea. It was Ranieri who landed Gallas in 2001 from Olympique Marseille, and he would like a reunion.? The Lupi are on course for Champions League qualification, and the coach is keen to shape his side up early for next season. (Goal.com)

Arsene Wenger’s insistence on maintaining his stance on players over 30 could well be an intelligent one in theory but in practice could it spell the end of an Emirates career precisely at the moment he may be most needed at the north London club.

William Gallas has had his ups and downs at Arsenal but he has battled back from some rather bizarre behaviour and losing the captain’s armband to become a valued part of the club’s plans. The Frenchman has also formed a partnership with Thomas Vermaelen that could in time become the cornerstone of the club’s back four, although admittedly at times they have made mistakes they are both talented players who are on the same wavelength.

Whilst Wenger has a mountain of young talent coming through across the park he doesn’t have a great many options in the long term for the centre back positions and as such losing the former Chelsea man may well backfire. Yes he is 33 years of age but he is still fighting fit, after all he has managed 34 starts this term, only Vermaelen having played more Gunners minutes. So its not like his being over 30 is in some ways affecting his game.

Perhaps its time therefore for Arsene to re-think his policy for the greater good of the club as a whole. The fact that a club of the size of Roma is sniffing around the centre back shows just how valued he still is.

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