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.”