William Gallas Claims He Was the Reason Spurs Beat Arsenal in 2010

William Gallas Claims He Was the Reason Spurs Beat Arsenal in 2010

Ahead of this weekend’s highly-anticipated north London derby, William Gallas claims he played a major role in Spurs‘ memorable victory over Arsenal in 2010.

Tottenham sealed a dramatic 3-2 win at the Emirates that day, with goals from Gareth Bale, Rafael Van der Vaart and Younes Kaboul.

However, the pre-match build up focused purely on the war of words between Gallas and Samir Nasri, which stemmed from claims made in a book by the centre-back relating to the in-fighting in the France squad.

Gallas had crossed the north London divide that summer, moving from Arsenal to Spurs, and was subsequently handed the captains armband by then-manager Harry Redknapp.

He told L’Equipe, that Redknapp’s decision to make him the captain for that game is what inspired Tottenham to an unlikely victory.

“Harry Redknapp used it. The year of the famous 3-2 win for Spurs at the Emirates, when the club hadn’t beaten one of the ‘big four’ away since 1993, everyone talked about my story with Samir Nasri and that I wasn’t going to shake his hand.

“It was talked about every day, but I stayed in my bubble.”

Gallas added, “In the dressing-room before the game, Redknapp came to see me. ‘What’s the story with Nasri?’ I explained it to him, and he said to me: ‘You know what? You’ll be captain.’

“He did it deliberately to increase motivation. It worked.”

Will Mauricio Pochettino look to follow in Redknapp’s footsteps and get in the heads of the Arsenal players?

Or will Arsene Wenger’s side continue their good run of form and get all three points on Sunday?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!


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