French International William Gallas has revealed that he has had to stamp his authority as captain of Arsenal again after admitting that he “flipped his lid” in the 2-2 draw against Birmingham City last year in the Premier League.
The former Chelsea player has also made the revelation that while the Blues were capable of winning ugly a ”winning mentality” does not exist at Arsene Wenger’s Emirates side.
However, the 31-year-old, who has just had to pull out of the France squad with a muscle tear still believes he has the backing as skipper from his team mates at the Gunners.
Gallas told L'Equipe Magazine: “The controversy about my captaincy? People had to find a scapegoat as we didn't win any trophies last season.
“So, they talked and talked again about the Birmingham match. Indeed I made a mistake. I must admit I flipped my lid. We should have won that game easily.
“Before Arsenal, I spent six years at Chelsea. That team was capable of getting ugly wins. If we had an opportunity to win a cup, we would never miss it.
“There I became imbued with the winning culture, which doesn't exist yet at Arsenal.
“Of course, some of my Arsenal team-mates could not have appreciated my behaviour against Birmingham.
“I had to state my authority again and today when I motivate them before a match, they say; 'Capi, we need you, we are following you.
“If I would have been an unworthy captain, they would have banned me.
“The critics went much too far. Maybe I put myself under too much pressure, like Arsene Wenger said.
“I believed I had a message to give to my team-mates and I could not find the right words.
“Our game made people dream, but we had empty hands. We have to show a more clinical state of mind. At the end of last season there was such a frustration inside me!”