Previous
CSKA Moscow
Bayern Munich
4:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Manchester City
AS Roma
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Apoel Nicosia
Ajax Amsterdam
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Paris Saint-Germain
Barcelona
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Schalke 04
NK Maribor
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sporting Lisbon
Chelsea
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
BATE Borisov
Athletic Bilbao
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Shakhtar Donetsk
FC Porto
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Brighton & Hove Albion
Cardiff City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Derby County
AFC Bournemouth
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Middlesbrough
Blackpool
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Millwall
Birmingham City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Norwich City
Charlton Athletic
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Rotherham United
Blackburn Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Sheffield Wednesday
Ipswich Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Watford
Brentford
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Wigan Athletic
Nottingham Forest
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Crewe Alexandra
Notts County
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
AFC Telford United
Chester City
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Alfreton Town
Halifax
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Altrincham
Macclesfield Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Braintree Town
Barnet
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Dover
Aldershot Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Eastleigh
Bristol Rovers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Forest Green Rovers
Torquay United
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Grimsby Town
Southport
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Lincoln City
Gateshead
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Welling
Dartford
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Woking
Nuneaton Town
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Wrexham
Kidderminster Harriers
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Aberdeen
St Mirren
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
León
Monterrey
1:06 AM GMT
Game Details
Atlas
Queretaro
1:30 AM GMT
Game Details
U.A.N.L
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
São Paulo
Huachipato
11:30 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Icasa
Luverdense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sampaio Correa-MA
Portuguesa de Desportos
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Vila Nova-GO
Ceará
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
AA Ponte Preta
Paraná Clube
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Al-Ain
Al Hilal
0
0
LIVE 0'
Leg 2Aggregate: 0 - 3
Game Details
Herediano
Universidad De Costa Rica
Postp
Postponed - now being played Wed, Oct 1
Game Details
Next
 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 28, 2008

Gallas aims to atone for captaincy mistakes

William Gallas has accepted he made significant errors last season as Arsenal captain but has promised changes to his approach if he is given the armband for the new campaign.

Gallas' leadership was under intense scrutiny when Arsenal's challenge for trophies fell away after Christmas, with ugly episodes in the spotlight such as the skipper lashing out at an advertising hoarding when Birmingham snatched a last-gasp equaliser in February.

The 30-year-old was at the other end of the pitch when James McFadden scored his penalty at St Andrews, and Arsene Wenger has not yet guaranteed the France international another season leading out the side.

Gallas, staking his claim for another chance, said: 'I learned a lot, you want to be the best captain, give good advice to your players, but sometimes you can make mistakes as well so I think this season I know what I'm going to do and I know I am ready to change my way to speak to the players.'

Gallas was also outspoken about his team-mate Theo Walcott and although he acted as a peacemaker at White Hart Lane, Emmanuel Adebayor and Nicklas Bendtner turning on each other did little to suggest there was unity under the skipper.

The experience of Gilberto Silva will be missing next season as the Brazil veteran has joined Panathinaikos, with youngsters Samir Nasri and Aaron Ramsey brought in.

'They [the Arsenal squad] are young,' Gallas told Arsenal TV.

'They are very shy but it won't be difficult for them to settle in, the squad is fantastic the atmosphere is very good so I think it will be fine for them.

'We have to win something because the trophies are more important at the end of the season.

'Last season we were near to winning something, I hope this season it will be different. Everybody knows what they have to do, we are ready.'

Possible replacements for Gallas as skipper include Kolo Toure, although the centre-back is thought to be one of the quieter members of Wenger's squad.

Cesc Fabregas led by example from midfield last season but is also just 21.

'At this stage and at his age, I don't think he should be burdened with it,' former Arsenal boss Terry Neill told PA Sport.

'I'm sure he can do it without it he is given the freedom to just play, rather than be the conduit between the team and manager.

'Arsene might get a bit more out of Gallas by giving him back the captaincy - but what is certain is that there is not better man to make the decision.

'It has been a strange summer in football and Arsene has stood for something good about the game, about acting with reason and integrity - he will know exactly what to do.'

Fabregas has committed his future at the Emirates Stadium despite suggestions in Spain over the weekend that he would consider a move to Real Madrid.

'I am happy here at Arsenal, my future is with Arsenal and the priority is to achieve success and win trophies at Arsenal,' Fabregas said.

Tomas Rosicky is also targeting the club's first silverware since 2005, despite losing Alexander Hleb to Barcelona.

Rosicky said: 'It is something similar to last season, when everybody wrote us off. Now, it will be the same. Some players have left but I trust the coach over this.

'He knows what he is doing. Personally, my ambitions are not smaller and I think this counts for the rest of the team.

'Definitely it was an excellent midfield and it is a pity that we have not remained together as we were attuned on the same tune. On the other hand, if the guys wanted to leave, it is only their decision.'

Mathieu Flamini will also be missed from Arsenal's midfield, and he has been quoted in Italy suggesting that Arsenal did not do enough to prevent him from joining AC Milan.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.