Gallas In Line For Contract Extension – Wenger

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William Gallas is reportedly set to be offered a contract extension at Arsenal.

The French defender has less than a year left on the four-year deal he signed in 2006 when he arrived from Chelsea. The outspoken centre-back had a mixed season last year, with patchy form and controversial comments about team-mates leading to manager Arsene Wenger stripping him of the club captaincy.
Those factors appeared to put the 32-year-old’s long-term future with the Gunners in doubt. However, Wenger has been pleased with the newly blossoming partnership between Gallas and new signing Thomas Vermaelen and has strongly hinted that the Frenchman will be offered a contract extension.

Wenger said, according to The News of the World: “I will assess William’s contract in December but the signs are good for him. Gallas and Vermaelen look comfortable together and are good for each other. It is sometimes difficult to know who makes the other one good.

“It is like up front when you have a guy who scores many goals and a guy who provides the assists – such as Emile Heskey and Wayne Rooney.”

One player who has already signed a contract extension is Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, who recently agreed a long-term deal, having shown signs of fulfilling the clear potential that he possesses.

Bendtner himself lacks no confidence, revealing ambitious plans for this season.

The 21-year-old said: “I have always seen myself as a striker and it is my goal to play as a striker all the time. Last season I played a lot from the left side and this season from the right side – but I prefer to play up front.

“In order to qualify as one of the world’s greatest attackers, you are judged on the goals you score. I hope to score 20 to 25 goals in 40 games – but if I get a Premier League season when I score ten times and have 30 assists, that will be okay as well.”

The News of the World

~ by footballdirecta on September 13, 2009.

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