Cesc Fabregas new captain of Arsenal, William Gallas falls from grace
Publicly criticizing their team can cost a soccer player captaincy. And Arsenal’s captain William Gallas was no exception. The team coach Arsene Wenger has stripped Gallas off captain reigns after the later made unflattering comments about the club and his fellow players. Wenger has named Cesc Fabregas, the 21-year-old Spanish sensation, the new captain.
The controversial defender was excluded from the trip to Manchester City on Saturday, which Arsene Wenger's men lost 3-0, after publicly criticising his team and questioning their fighting spirit.
However, Wenger maintained that former Chelsea defender Gallas, 31, still had a future at the club.
"William will play against Kiev, but the captain of the team will be Fabregas," he said. "I do not think I have to especially explain why I make the decisions, but it is a permanent thing.
"William is a player that I rate; I have big respect for him. It wasn’t working as a captain, he was under big pressure from the press and at some stage you do not want this kind of pressure to affect him or affect the team.
"He took all the team’s problems to his heart. This can be a new start for him."
Wenger felt it had been an "interesting" few days for Arsenal, whose season is threatening to unravel.
He said: "When you do not win, nobody jumps off the roof, but the frustration does kick in. It is a good opportunity now for us to show we have strength and ability - you know how it works, you go from fantastic to a catastrophe, but real life is somewhere in between."
Wenger also said he was confident that the future of the club was in safe hands, led by 21-year-old Fabregas.