Arsenal’s Gallas: I should play Carling Cup final

Gallas said: “I want to be in the starting eleven. Not because we are playing Chelsea but because I’m suffering from a lack of playing time after three months out.

“It strikes me as natural I should play in this game, so I can return to peak form. But the decision is down to the manager.

“I see it as a chance to get back the rhythm I lack.

“Yet I think it is a good idea of the manager to give the youngsters their chance. It is a good thing for them to get to play in a final.

“It will allow them to learn about the pressure of such big events.”