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Gallas injury adds to Wenger backline woes

Arsene Wenger's defensive worries continue after a hamstring injury to Arsenal skipper William Gallas. Though English tabloid reports suggest that the Gunners boss has fallen out with his compatriot after Wednesday's thrilling 4-4 draw with Tottenham. A report in the Daily Mirror suggests that Wenger took his defenders to task after Spurs turned around the two-goal deficit they faced with a minute to play.

The English tabloid quotes an "insider" as saying: "There was a lot of shouting and recriminations in there. Arsene was very angry."

Wenger is believed to want to reshape his central defence. He partnered Gallas with Mikael Silvestre, leaving Kolo Toure as odd man out.

"You know how much I rate Kolo Toure but at the back it is about partnerships, it's about positioning and it's about current form as well," said Wenger.

Gallas' injury, of which there was little evidence on Wednesday night, gives Wenger the chance to play Toure with the former Manchester United defender.

"It looks like Gallas will be out and maybe Eboue too," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. "We'll assess him tomorrow.

"It is a little recurrence of the hamstring for William and for Manu it is his knee. He is not running properly at the moment. He still has pain there."

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor added to the anger of the lost points by telling his team-mates they will never be Premier League champions without developing a winning mentality that was lacking against their rivals.

"To be champions in this way? You can never be a champion. That is for sure," Adebayor said.

"There is a lot of disappointment," Adebayor added. "We are down at the moment because we did everything to get the three points and we ended up with one.

"We feel very sorry for ourselves that the things are not going the right way. It was one of the most difficult games in my life because I cannot understand that after 90 minutes we were leading 4-2 - I don't know how we finished with a draw.

"It's very easy to give up because we were 4-2 up and maybe thinking the game was finished. With five, six or seven minutes to go, maybe in our head the game was over."


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