I’m the right man to skipper Arsenal – Gallas

The French defender was given the captaincy ahead of the 2007/08 season.

Gallas told L’Equipe Magazine: “The controversy about my captaincy? People had to find a scapegoat as we didn’t win any trophies last season.

“So, they talked and talked again about the Birmingham match. Indeed I made a mistake. I must admit I flipped my lid. We should have won that game easily.

“Before Arsenal, I spent six years at Chelsea. That team was capable of getting ugly wins. If we had an opportunity to win a cup, we would never miss it.

“There I became imbued with the winning culture, which doesn’t exist yet at Arsenal.

“Of course, some of my Arsenal team-mates could not have appreciated my behaviour against Birmingham.

“I had to state my authority again and today when I motivate them before a match, they say; ‘Capi, we need you, we are following you’.

“If I would have been an unworthy captain, they would have banned me.

“The critics went much too far. Maybe I put myself under too much pressure, like Arsene Wenger said.

“I believed I had a message to give to my team-mates and I could not find the right words.

“Our game made people dream, but we had empty hands. We have to show a more clinical state of mind. At the end of last season there was such a frustration inside me!”