Gallas: Nasri snub ‘a shame’

Gallas captained Spurs to a memorable 3-2 win at his former club
Arsenal on Saturday. Prior to kick-off Nasri blanked Gallas, as the
two continued a spat which dates back to 2008 when they fell out on
international duty with France. When the pair were together at
Arsenal for 12 months they never spoke, and Gallas says he did not
expect anything else. “Yes, Nasri snubbed me but I think that he’s
still young, you have to understand him,” he told the Sun. “It’s a
shame that he reacted this way. Yes, let’s just say it’s a shame
for him.” Gallas received a hostile reception on his return to his
former club, and added: “I knew it would be like this. “But when
you are a professional player you should expect this kind of
reception. “I actually found that the fans were kind to me,
considering I played four years there.” Nasri took the chance to
swipe at Gallas for moving to Arsenal’s biggest rivals. “There are
always ups and downs in life but I have a lot of respect for the
way a player stays loyal to his club,” he said. “I cannot see
myself going and joining the sworn enemy. There are loads of other
clubs, other clubs in London. But going to Tottenham? No I cannot
see it at all.” Spurs boss Harry Redknapp joked: “I thought about
making him captain on Friday as I thought Nasri might be captain
for them. “So they would have to shake hands and then we could get
them in a room before the game and William could bash him up or
something! I made William captain because he would be coming back
to Arsenal and it was a good gesture. “I thought he deserved it the
way he’s played and, to be fair, little Luka Modric is captain
sometimes but he is quiet and doesn’t say much. “William led by
example. He responded well. I’ll look at sticking with him as
captain, especially after this win. “William has come in and done a
good job for us. He came on a free, on half his wages at Arsenal,
and he’s shown some character to do that. “There was no way he was
going to go ‘I can’t go to Spurs, I’ve played for Arsenal’. He’s a
footballer, he’s played at Chelsea, Arsenal and now Spurs. There is
nothing wrong in that. “I wasn’t bothered he didn’t shake hands
with Nasri. I think it is petty really, I don’t know what their
problems were, they had an argument? “Players shaking hands before
the game is a bit silly anyway? Half of them don’t look at each
other.”