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Gallas Tantrum Proves Fletcher Right

Gallas Tantrum Proves Fletcher Right

Darren Fletcher is perhaps not an expert in psychology but he's got some ideas about how certain results effect certain teams.

The Scottish midfielder fought his way back into contention with a magnificent display against Arsenal in the FA Cup and was rewarded with a league start yesterday and did not disappoint. He believes that United have now the edge in the title race as Arsenal dropped two points at Birmingham City and are still due to visit Old Trafford where they were thrashed a week ago.

"The title race was open even before today," he told MUTV. "We know Arsenal have still got to come to Old Trafford too.

"But that result last week maybe had a little psychological edge. We went out there and played fantastically against Arsenal and managed to win convincingly, and they`ve not won since.

"It`s getting to the nitty-gritty now, we`ve been there last season and we know what it`s about. We`re hoping to push on and keep winning every game now until the end of the season - that`s the target."

The thing is that with Arsenal out of the FA Cup and their Champions League chances severely reduced by their inability to break down at the Emirates, they are in grave need of maintaining their good league form - and as they failed to beat a side that played the whole game with virtually ten men does not bode well when United appear to have left their recent poor form behind.

And at such a time one might question the wisdom of appointing Gallas as captain. His shameful (and, to be honest, hilarious) tantrum on Saturday when a penalty was awarded against the Gooners showed that his leadership is very far from being exemplary. Sulking on the pitch like a 10-year-old until eventually his manager drags him off, berating a devastated guy on the pitch, in front of everyone, for a mistake - these are not the traits of a true captain.

Could it be that Gallas, along with his teammates, is cracking under pressure? Now I know that he must have been distracted by that horrific injury. But isn't it true that in such times a skipper has to stand up and rally the troops, to inject a bit of calm, to make his presence felt? I think that would be his job and he failed, emphatically. So, you guys in red shirt - Arsenal are there for the taking, we just have to ensure we do not drop silly points by playing as unacceptably as we did against City...

Date:Monday February 25 2008
Time: 3:07PM


before you chastise him, seriously.... put yourself in his position. he may have been a bit over the top, but he just saw one of his team mates leg completely shattered, what would his thoughts of been, or the rest of the arsenal team. Its easy to make fun of him, but at the end of the day his reaction was human. People react differently, adebayor ran to the other side of the pitch scared *****less, sagna by eduardos nearly the whole time. People react differently to traumatic situations, here i am in oz and i felt absolutely sick, as do many many many other supporters from all clubs do. How does the result or reactions matter at the end of the day when you see a professional who provides us with the beauty of our sport, whether he plays for a rival or not, future threatened with a horrific injury. At the end of the day, football should take a backseat. Instead, all i hear and read is about someone sulking or retracting something said in the heat of the moment.... a very sad and blind view. I love football with all my heart, but at the end of the day it really is so insignificant, imagine if he actually lost his foot- would the reuslt still matter.... suppose it would in our eyes. I really do feel sorry for you that you dont realise that
25/02/2008 16:08:00
in your eyes that is
25/02/2008 16:10:00
I wonder how fletcher would feel after seeing rooney or ronaldo's foot basically detached from their leg.
25/02/2008 16:37:00
thats not why gallas done it its cause you threw the game away against a 10 men relegation threatened side. and also cause he realised that we are coming to get ya.
25/02/2008 16:58:00
exactly, why are you all defending him. it was clearly a raction to clichy's mistake in the last minute, as if he was that upset about eduardo's injury why did he bother coming out for the second half, because one thing for sure is that he is not a proffesional.
25/02/2008 17:28:00
and btw its not the first time hes done this sort f thing. he's not captan material, just face it.
25/02/2008 17:29:00
the arsenal
25/02/2008 18:47:00
we are there for the taking!!give me a braek,we did not even lose the damn game and yu are still 3points behind!come to your senses mate!!you have lost 4games for gods sake and we draw a game and now arsenal are under pressure?must be some comedy
the arsenal
25/02/2008 18:47:00
the arsenal
25/02/2008 18:48:00
how else would you describe it other then pressure. 3 games without a win and your captain crying after the match.
25/02/2008 20:49:00
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