Jenas hails captain fantastic

Manager Harry Redknapp looks set to retain Gallas as skipper for
the foreseeable future after his controversial decision to hand the
33-year-old the armband was vindicated in Saturday’s 3-2 win. The
thought of Gallas captaining Tottenham would have been anathema to
some of the club’s fans following his summer defection from the
club’s arch-rivals. But the Frenchman went a long way to winning
over his critics with a heroic performance at the Emirates Stadium
as Spurs completed one of the greatest comebacks in north London
derby history after being 2-0 down. Midfielder Jenas said:
“Absolutely brilliant he was. From start to finish, he was
fantastic for us and I was so pleased for him. “The pressure was on
him, everyone was watching him and he got the armband and led by
example. “He is fantastic. He led by example and he was a voice in
my ear, especially in that second half when the team needed me to
sit a little bit more and graft in front of them and try and get
around Cesc (Fabregas). “He was in my ear constantly trying to help
me because it’s not natural to me. And I did it. “He is a laugh as
well. He has come to Spurs and wants to work and win games and he
has given us that experience that we probably needed.” Gallas
showed great maturity at the final whistle on Saturday, refusing to
join in his team-mates’ jubilant celebrations in front of the
visiting fans. He was nevertheless “over the moon”, according to
Jenas, who added: “He’s just said to me, ‘I am so happy, I am going
to hang out with my kids now’.” Gallas had the last laugh on
Saturday after being jeered throughout the match and snubbed during
the pre-match handshake by former team-mate Samir Nasri. Defensive
partner and match-winner Younes Kaboul said: “William is an
experienced player: he is very clever, very intelligent. “It is
normal in football that the other fans will boo him, but going over
that, those people are cheap – they do not remember well what
William did for Arsenal before. “They should respect him for that.
“William won and that was the answer.”