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.”