£15 Million For Gallas The Left Back is A Waste Of Money…

By Bilal Zaidi

Ashley Cole’s monetary value was estimated to be about £20 million MINIMUM and the final sale of him for £5 million PLUS one of the worlds best defenders, William Gallas, was a deal that in my humble opinion was a better deal for us than it was for Chelsea. So in essence, Arsenal accepted a £15 million valuation of Gallas and got rid of a player who even until today is going on about how unfair Arsenal were to him…how the fans didn’t sing his name at the last game of the season…hmm perhaps one shouldn’t go behind their clubs back and meet other clubs representatives…what a whiner oh my….

Anyway…Gallas a 29 year old French international who has experience of many years in the premiership, played in every stadium, played against every team….is admittedly a fantastic acquisition…HOWEVER if he ever would become our number one left back then we aren’t allowing him to be in his best position where he would flourish along side Kolo Toure….and therefore would be a waste of £15 million worth of money we could have got for Cashley instead. That is with reports I have read that we may be interested in Woodgate at the end of the season, add Senderos and Djourou into that then you can clearly see there would be too many centre backs.

Now don’t get me wrong, if we are in need of any player in a position right now it IS A LEFT BACK because Clichy is out injured, Hoyte doesn’t look too comfortable and Flamini doesn’t want to play there….however when Senderos comes back into contention for a first place spot…WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN THEN? We have 3 centre backs that should be playing first team football literally week in week out…Sure they can rotate but that isn’t ideal, Senderos has proved his worth as an organiser and leader at the back…He is a talker like Tony Adams, and perhaps one day a future captain for this fantastic club. Halting his progress would be a crime…some healthy competition always is a good thing, but it is more likely that he wouldn’t get a chance to really get a long run in the team so he can continue to progress as he already has.

So this leaves us in a dilemma, just as it is for the midfield positions which I will talk about in a moment…we have so many players playing out of their preferred positions and natural positions that it is surely going to effect our balance and rhythm of play. I think that is what has happened so far this season, we have dominated games, created chances BUT not converted them. Hopefully that will just come in time, lets hope tonight. We have one player really wanting to play at left back who is Clichy…four that are ready to compete for the two available centre back places, and 3 for the right back slot.

In midfield we have players that “can play in all positions in midfield”, like Hleb, Ljungberg, Rosicky…but lets look at their best positions and where they are most useful.

Hleb really can play anywhere and will do a fantastic job on either flank or in the middle, but he will do the same thing which ever positions he plays in…drift inside and play passes all day, he is a top “assister” and that is fantastic…goals aren’t really in his domain but a top class creative player is good enough for him to be in the side. I think most would agree he has played best for us on the right making a great partnership with Eboue.

Ljungberg is a world class “run maker” and a superb finisher but without Bergkamp he is no longer the same “red haired we love you freddy” player of his previous years where goals were his main asset. He is still a good player but if he isn’t scoring he doesn’t add much else to the team, a hard working player and an important one still with a role to perform but still I wouldn’t say his best position is on the left dribbling and making goals for others, we need some width on the left and I don’t think Freddy is the one to provide us with that. Pired did, Reyes did, Cole did…Rosicky could?

Rosicky is best in the middle, he makes quick passes, dribbles and has snap shots on goal…however he has the talent and is good enough to easily adapt to the left side of midfield as long as he keeps his discipline and can allow a left footed full back make runs on the outside of him. But if he is playing with Gallas, Hoyte or any other right footed left back behind him, the balance wont be there. Full backs are tremendously important in Wengerball, without fast overlapping full backs the system of play isn’t effective. They take defenders out of their position, give more options to the midfielders and allow holes to appear for the likes of Freddy and in the past Pires to get in those gaps to score goals. Those fullbacks have to have the ability to go on the outside like Lauren, Eboue, Clichy and how Cole did it….Gallas will do a fine defensive job and will be comfortable on the ball BUT at Chelsea it didn’t matter if he had a left foot or not to play left back. Flamini did a solid job last year BUT he was appreciated for his defensive display and decent performance in possession which at the time was enough but not for a whole season.

Baptista is the same, he is a central player, so is Fabregas, so is Gilberto, Diaby, Flamini, Song, Rosicky…That makes 7 players who are best suited in the centre of midfield and not one that is an out and out left sided midfield…

Freddy has been in the past but unless he scores goals he wont be in the team, I hope he can get going again because he is truly a unique sort of player when he gets going. Walcott is too young right now for us to be thinking of him playing the whole season on the left, Wenger will protect him but he could play tonight if we play a five man midfield, most probably on the right though.

So overall the message is that Gallas is a tremendous player and I have full confidence in his abilities to occupy any position in defence BUT just because he is ABLE to play in every position it doesn’t mean he shouldn’t play in the position where he is at his best. Perhaps for now it may be that left back is best for the team, but I can sense perhaps a few healthy-ish dilemma’s for Wenger in the coming months with Senderos coming back. But my last word would be that a centre back pairing of Toure and Gallas would be probably the best in the premiership and a formidable force, lets see what Wenger has up his sleeve…

  • Anonymous

    well written and I agree that the team lacks width but you have looked at it from a different point of view which I hadn’t realized before. I think Gallas would be a waste at left back and yes for the £15 mil that you have said, there would have been no need to buy him because he is at his best in the middle. Havent come accross this site before but have now added you to my bookmarks. Any predictions on the score tonight?

  • Cashley

    Who cares about the score tonight, I’VE GOT LOOOOAAAAAAADDDDDSSSAAAAAA MONEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    … down side is I married a dopey cow…. even bigger down side is I aint got a brain, Brian….

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Senderos is good enough to play at centre back for us. He is phenomenally error prone, and I seem to be one of the few Arsenal fans that dislikes him. Don’t get me wrong he was fantastic in our champions league run last year, especially against Real…but for me, he seems to put us in a dangerous situation at least once in every game he plays Eboue Toure Gallas Clichy will be Arsene’s back four. And Arsenal definitely got the better deal as Cashley Cunthole could never have stepped out onto the pitch in an Arsenal shirt even if he had stayed.

  • Anonymous

    jupp, well written, and i agree with large portions of it..

    but maybe its time to change the banner? 😛

  • Livingstone_get_lost

    do your maths properly idiot- if chels paid 5 mill plus gallas, and you say cole was worth 20million minimum, how is gallas worth 15 million?

  • Anonymous

    5 + 15(Gallas) = 20(Cole)
    Someone buy this man a calculator.

  • andrew

    As a defender Woodgate is would be a good purchase. He’s english, tough, fast and great awareness. I read that Wenger was interested in him but was put off becuase of his constant injuries. Trouble is when he is injured it tends to be for long spells. Too much of a gamble with his track record. Either way we should look at purchasing a decent left back to challenge Clichy – is he also injury prone or just unlucky? ManU managed to get Heinze for 7mil and he just as good as Cole.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, what’s the big deal with Senderos? He might well improve, but we can afford to wait? He has no pace at all, so when the team pushes up he gets done time and time again, he usually resorts to kicking or pulling the player down.

    Gallas should play in the middle next to Toure, and Clichy straight in as left back when he gets fit.

    But Wenger is bound to put Sendeors straight back in and shove Gallas on the left where he is a bit wasted to be honest.

    For me, Clichy is a brighter prospect than Senderos, so he should get positional preference.

  • Anonymous

    as a chelsea fan i genuinley wish billy all the best and hope he gets what he wishes for, i would say though if he is played at left back all season, and he is the best left back now at arsenal, i can’t really see him wanting to hang round next season especially if you can get woodgate, cole is probably the best left back in the world while gallas i think is in the top 5 left backs, right backs and centerhalfs in the world.. and thats where the problem is… he is to versatile for his own good. for him to stay i feel you have to play him centerhalf otherwise he will likely start a bit of moaning like he has always done even when played in his favourite position.. anyway am looking forward to our games against the ars this season and may we all be grateful we don’t suppose the spuds ! NEATHBLUE

  • Anonymous

    Again agree with most of the above….especially the ‘banner’ bit…reyes etc etc…adios….comprende :0

  • ArsenalReview.com

    LOL YEP I NEED TO UPDATE THE BANNER JUST HAVEN’T HAD A TIME OF LATE SO I HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO…WILL DO SOON 😉

    ANY IDEAS WHO SHOULD TAKE HIS PLACE?

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Livingstone_get_lost said…

    do your maths properly idiot- if chels paid 5 mill plus gallas, and you say cole was worth 20million minimum, how is gallas worth 15 million?

    LOL YOU ARE TELLING ME TO DO MATHS CORRECTLY…AS ANOTHER POSTER CORRECTED YOU THIS IS THE EQUATION FOR YOUR BENIFIT:

    £5mil + £15mil(Gallas) = £20mil(Cole)

    That ok now mate?

  • Ton

    Gallas proved some of his worth tonight. Excellent in the center after Kolo went off, particularly with Djorou and Hoyte showing some of their inexperience. It seems Wenger has ruled out returning Flamini to LB. A bit disappointed with his comment as Flamini should be willing to play wherever he is needed as surely he isn’t a starter at any position. Haven’t seen a performance yet from Hoyte that inspires me with confidence or shows he is Arsenal quality. We do need Clichy back in a bad way. Woody is quality, but he’ll have to prove he can stay healthy – don’t really see the need for him as long as Senderos himself can stay healthy.

    Good win, just disappointed with some slack defending on the late goal and the crapness of our counterattack – used to be so f’in deadly with them.

  • Livingstone_get_lost

    my god writer u are an IDIOT,

    how did u work out that gallas is 15mill, when he got gallas and 5mill that makes 10mill u donce!

  • Anonymous

    Champions League Your Avin A Larf

  • Anonymous

    It’s nice to see our education system is not letting down our kids’ arithmetic skills.

    How about we play Gallas & Senderos in the center, Clichy at left back and then push Kolo into midfield as the anchorman in the Makelele role.? He’s fast, strong, reads the game well and can tackle and pass better than Gilberto. It’s just got to make sense

  • Anonymous

    Livingstone, let’s say for a moment that Gallas is worth 15m. If somebody gives you Gallas PLUS 5m, can we agree that that’s 20m? 15 + 5 = 20, yes? Not 10, right, because we didn’t give Chelski any cash. That would mean that we’d given 5m to them – so 15 – 5 = 10. God help you when we start long division. Nobhead.

  • Anonymous

    How is that so hard to understand? And why are you being such a blatant bell-end about it.

    If we value cole at £20mil and recieve £5mil plus gallas from chelsea – how much is gallas worth on that basis?

    In any case , was a good result last night – very nervous about the Man Utd game.

  • Anonymous

    Also very nervous about the Manu game, especially if Toure is out injured.

    Good idea the one about moving Toure into the defensive midfield position, but can’t see Wenger doing it I’m afraid.

    When Senderos comes back I think he should go straight into the side, simply because of his leadership abilities. The defence needs organising and although Lehman now uses his experience to good effect we do need one of the defenders to actually boss people about. Unfortunately I don’t think either Toure or Gallas are up to this. Of course if everyone is fit this leaves Wenger in a difficult position trying to keep everyone happy…..

  • Anonymous

    we have lauren to come back he can be our back up DM and right back… Arsenal’s only squad problem as documented above is width… we dont have it… i would sell freddie in January and get an true winger.. malouda? ribery? someone that loves attacking down the side. I think Senderos and Djourou show awesome potential considering most centrebacks dont reach their best till about 28-30… so they should figure in the squad, senderos to rotate and give toure and Gallas a rest when Clichy comes back in…

  • Borehamwood Gooner

    wide left is a problem, could Walcott play there.

    Defensive on the left there could be a problem, could Lauren play there?

    Hleb is not on form, so I would say Van Persie should play on the right wing with Baptista up front or even Rosicky playing as a half striker with Henry.

    Lastly who is picking the team, AW or Flamini?

    He does not want to play left back.

    Tough cheese my French chum, if you want to get in the team play there, Ronaldo will be back on Sunday and Hoyte will get roasted time and time again. Traore does not have the experience. If it is OK for a Gallas a French international to play out of position it is OK for Flamini.

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Livingstone_get_lost said…

    my god writer u are an IDIOT,

    how did u work out that gallas is 15mill, when he got gallas and 5mill that makes 10mill u donce!

    LOL Livingstone_get_lost…you are clearly confused and still havent realised you are wrong and cant do simple adding and taking away…so it is quite clear to see that you are indeed more of a “donce” than I…but thankyou for your attempt at correcting my OH SO COMPLEX arithmetic …Lets break it down another time for your benifit, perhaps you prefer algebra:

    x – y = n

    x is £20mil for cashley’s value,
    y is £5mil we recieved FOR ASHLEY,
    n is the remaning amount leaving how much gallas is worth…now lets substitute in the numbers shall we:

    20 – 5 = 15

    If you come back tomorrow I could teach you your alphabet..A..B..C..D…

  • ArsenalReview.com

    How about we play Gallas & Senderos in the center, Clichy at left back and then push Kolo into midfield as the anchorman in the Makelele role.? He’s fast, strong, reads the game well and can tackle and pass better than Gilberto. It’s just got to make sense

    6:55 AM

    Yep well I have also for a long time thought that Kolo could be perfect in that role, he has that mould…strong, quick, incredibly fit, agile, decent enough on the ball….BUT it is quite clear to see now that Wenger wouldnt change him now after he has cemented his place in the centre of our defence…he is our most consistant player in my opinion, and I wouldnt MOVE HIM NOW but perhaps a few years ago it would have been a good idea when he was trying to find his best position.

    Great result last night, Rosicky you beauty….

  • Anonymous

    Yes, you got our best defender and you are wasting him if you play him at left back all the time. In terms of ability I’d have given you Terry before Gallas. Chelsea’s central defence now lacks pace and will be more vulnerable (for anyone who can get through the midfield and run at it). Why not buy Bridge off us, looked like he had just returned to form after the injury. Anyone else think Chelsea are beginning to have a bit of a ‘Galatico’ feel about them?

  • ArsenalReview.com

    Nice to hear comments from a chelsea fan…well we were right to get Gallas…wouldnt need Bridge when we have a great left back in Clichy…so I would say the problem at left back is a tempory one, well when Gallas is playing it isnt much of a problem just a bit of a waste really, not that he isnt a good left back, just a fantastic centre back.

    And what do you mean by a Galatico feel abou them? When you spend £200mil plus in a 3 seasons or so then of course it would feel like that dont you think?…

  • Anonymous

    The other option would be to play 3-5-2 formation with Kolo, Gallas and senderos as the CB’s. The midfield would be Eboue, Hleb, Gilberto, Fab & Rosicky. With Robin and Thierry up front?

  • Anonymous

    Lucky you !! you Arses Wengers that Giggs is injured if he wasn’t you would be spank up your arses big time. Just imagine the like of Ronaldo ,Giggs (if he was fit to play) Rooney, Saha ,Scholes and Etc…. You are so lucky!!!!!!!!!

  • Tom, Islington

    I’ve watched Willy Gallas for five seasons and the big problem he has is the one his arrival at Arsenal won’t solve: defensive leadership. Arsenal no longer have a leader in any department on the pitch, and it shows. Great player that he is, Henry doesn’t take a team by the scruff of the neck. The midfield lacks personality, especially Rosicky, Fabregas and Hleb. Toure is the closest, but does nothing like the job JT does for Chelsea. The lack of leadership, coupled with the loss of natural width, particularly down the left, makes Arsenal look a far weaker squad this season to me.

  • Andrew

    Where does the valuation of £20 million for A. cole come from?
    We recieved £5 million, this was the only money involved in the transfer.
    What this represents is that A.cole is worth £5 millon more than W.gallas.
    The valuation of A.cole could be anything, you could say £100 million! It dosn’t matter no value excists.
    it dosnt matter

  • Anonymous

    So at £15m for a player wit hone year leaft on his contract the real value of Gallas to those who don’t play over the odds would be £60m on a 4 year contract..

    Yes very good business for you indeed.

  • Anonymous

    Having known Gallas for 5 years whilst he can play across the back 4, he is weakest at left back since he will tell you he is a right sided player. Hence why you won’t get many crosses from him at left back. His best position is CB obviously, then right back, and finally left back. He can do a job for you at lb but its his least versatile position and he doesn’t like playing there for that reason. So you should consider Clichy and Flamini there ahead of WG, use WG yes with Toure and consider WG for RB along with Eboue and Lauren.

  • Anonymous

    gallas old moody fenchman, cole younger englishman

  • Anonymous

    Having a go at pointless haiku anon 12:33?
    Gallas wants respect,
    Cole doesn’t deserve any,
    The Queen is English.

  • As a defender Woodgate is would be a good purchase. He's english, tough, fast and great awareness. I read that Wenger was interested in him but was put off becuase of his constant injuries. Trouble is when he is injured it tends to be for long spells. Too much of a gamble with his track record. Either way we should look at purchasing a decent left back to challenge Clichy – is he also injury prone or just unlucky? ManU managed to get Heinze for 7mil and he just as good as Cole.

  • As a defender Woodgate is would be a good purchase. He's english, tough, fast and great awareness. I read that Wenger was interested in him but was put off becuase of his constant injuries. Trouble is when he is injured it tends to be for long spells. Too much of a gamble with his track record. Either way we should look at purchasing a decent left back to challenge Clichy – is he also injury prone or just unlucky? ManU managed to get Heinze for 7mil and he just as good as Cole.