Belfast Telegraph

Gallas to stay on as Spurs skipper

William Gallas looks set to remain Tottenham captain after leading his new side to their first victory at Arsenal for 17 years.

Gallas was controversially handed the armband for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium, which saw Spurs complete one of the most amazing comebacks in north London derby history to win 3-2. And so impressed was manager Harry Redknapp by the 33-year-old's man-of-the-match performance, he is ready to retain him as skipper.

"William should be captain in all honesty," said Redknapp. "Luka is a quiet little guy. He just gets on with his own job."

He added: "I made Tom captain, he's been in great form. But he is a quiet boy. William has captained teams before, so there is every chance we'll look at that."

Making Gallas captain would have been anathema to some Spurs fans before Saturday's result but he must surely now have won over all but his most hardened critics.

Explaining his reasons for turning to Gallas for the derby, Redknapp added: "I made him captain because he was coming back to Arsenal and it was a good gesture.

"I thought he deserved that, the way he's played.

"He led by example; he responded well.

"When I gave him the armband, he just said, 'Good'.

"He doesn't say a lot; he's a quiet guy off the pitch."


From Belfast Telegraph