Tuesday, June 1, 2010

William Gallas agent refutes Roma link - but will Wenger replace him now?

Wenger promised to look elsewhere for an option if per-chance Gallas refused to honor their May ending deadline... Question is; will he? The transfer window officially opened today, all we can do is hope he does something transfer-wise to rectify the situation.

William Gallas' agent Pierre Frelot, has rejected talks suggesting AS Roma might be the lucky recipient of the Bosman transfer's generosity.

The player in question has previously made it clear that he'll reject any offer that doesn't conform to the standard requirement (2 years, £90k-a-week) set by him.
However, in an earlier interview with Arsenal's official website Arsene Wenger, stated in unequivocal terms that he is tired of Gallas' indecipherable attitude towards his contract extension, and made it clear - he won't hesitate to buy (a new centre back) if the veteran French defender doesn't comply with terms at the club.

What is for sure if Gallas doesn't extend his contract we have to go out and strengthen this position.

For the rest we will see.There is a cut off point for Gallas.

It doesn't depend only on me. Gallas can come and say "Boss we will stop the talks because I signed somewhere and that's it."

I will set a deadline for us and that will certainly be before the end of May because we then have to look for someone else. We have more talks planned.

It is understood that Gallas missed the deadline (monday) probably to show his distaste at the handling of his future at the North London outfit. Despite this glaring fact Frelot, believes his client won't join AS Roma this season because he still considers the 32-year-old as an Arsenal player.

I cannot say anything at this time. The player is still an Arsenal player, although out of contract.

Rome? I cannot comment on the reports that appear daily in the Media. Needless to say that there is nothing new on William.

Personally, I admire and respect William Gallas, I bear no grudge against his trouble-some personality nor the massive pay cheque he's been agitating for because I realise the fact that he's a professional, who has every right to request for an increment in his allowance especially if he feels the need to do so. I just think it will be in the best of our interest to allow him leave, before he starts scoring own-goals.

After all, there are numerous eager and willing centre-backs (Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, Diakhate), who are endowed with the requisite requirements (experienced and dedicated to their duties on the pitch, age on their side, cheap but with an eye for goal), required to play for Arsenal.
So, why should we settle for less, when we can afford the best the transfer market has to offer?